HC Deb 03 March 2000 vol 345 c452W
Mr. Cohen

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans the Government have for humanitarian aid for Serbia. [110693]

Clare Short

The UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs produce regular reports on the humanitarian situation in Serbia. We continue to monitor these closely. While there has not been a humanitarian crisis this winter in Serbia, there is some hardship. We are providing assistance to vulnerable groups in Serbia through the European Commission Humanitarian Office (ECHO). We have no current plans for bilateral humanitarian assistance to Serbia. We are, however, making untied contributions to the emergency Balkans appeals issued by the international agencies.