Liz O'Donnell TD, meets with Ms Catherine Bertini, Executive Director of World Food Programme.
Ms Liz O'Donnell, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs with responsibility for Overseas Development Assistance and Human Rights, held discussions in Dublin today on the situation of Kosovar Refugees in camps in Macedonia, Albania and Montenegro with Ms Catherine Bertini, Executive Director of the World Food Programme.
Minister O'Donnell pledged to do everything possible to support the World Food Programme in meeting the needs of the Kosovar Refugees.
Minister O'Donnell noted that Ireland has already provided £250,000 in 1999 for World Food Programmes for Kosovar refugees as well as £100,000 to meet emergency food needs in Sierra Leone and £200,000 for World Food Programmes in Tanzania.
Minister O'Donnell indicated to Ms Bertini that she will visit Macedonia this week to assess needs in the camps. She pledged continuing support for the World Food Programme in meeting "a humanitarian crisis that represents a fundamental test of our own humanity".
Minister O'Donnell noted that the food crisis in Sudan remains extremely worrying. She said she is closely following humanitarian and political developments in that country. Minister O'Donnell said she visited Khartoum early last year when the humanitarian crisis was at its worst and pressed strongly for a humanitarian ceasefire. She has also been actively involved in the IGAD process.
On North Korea, Minister O'Donnell pledged Ireland's continuing support to meet the food crisis in that country, and discussed ways of meeting immediate needs with Ms Bertini.