HC Deb 17 December 2001 vol 377 cc4-5W
Sue Doughty

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the humanitarian problems in the refugee camps in Bosnia Herzegovina; if she will provide funding directly to the refugee camps; and if she will make a statement. [23196]

Clare Short

The UNHCR is responsible for monitoring the situation of refugees in Bosnia Herzegovina. We have not provided bilateral funds to support refugee camps. We provided £1.6 million for a refugee programme that ended earlier this year. We have also provided £582,000 to assist Serb refugees to return to Croatia, including from Bosnia Herzegovina.

We have agreed with the authorities in Bosnia Herzegovina to support social and economic reform. Our commitments are described in the DFID country strategy paper for Bosnia Herzegovina, published in September 2000.

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