EU to do­nate EUR12 mil­lion to Kur­dis­tan Syr­ian Refugees

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A source from the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment’s (KRG) Rep­re­sen­ta­tion of­fice to Euro­pean Union says the EU ex­pressed grat­i­tude to­wards KRG ef­forts in help­ing the Syr­ian refugees in the re­gion.

Di­lawar Azh­gayee, KRG EU rep­re­sen­ta­tive told a lo­cal Kur­dish news web­site that as a re­sult of ef­forts of the KRG, the EU has an­nounced its in­ten­tion to in­crease its aids for the Syr­ian refugees in Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

Azh­gayee said this has been stated in a let­ter from the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion that has been ad­dressed to the EU Par­lia­ment on Novem­ber 6th, 2013.

“Euro­pean Com­mis­sioner for In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion, Hu­man­i­tar­ian Aid and Cri­sis Re­sponse Kristalina Ge­orgieva ad­dressed the let­ter to Struan Steven­son, Mem­ber of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment

for Scot­land, which was about the sit­u­a­tion of the refugees, where she also ap­pre­ci­ated KRG’s ef­forts in help­ing the refugees and giv­ing them shel­ter to the refugees.

“By open­ing its bor­ders to­wards the Syr­ian peo­ple, Kur­dis­tan Re­gion pre­vented a hu­man­i­tar­ian dis­as­ter in the re­gion,” wrote Ge­orgieva in the let­ter. She also men­tioned that EU has al­ready do­nated EUR9 mil­lion via UNHCR, WFP and UNICEF to help im­prove the ser­vices and chil­dren’s life in Domiz Camp.

The let­ter men­tions that the EU in­tends to do­nate an ad­di­tional fund of EUR12 mil­lion for the refugees in Kur­dis­tan.

The let­ter was a re­sponse to a let­ter from the EU Par­lia­ment dated Septem­ber 25th, 2013, ask­ing the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion for In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion, Hu­man­i­tar­ian Aid and Cri­sis Re­sponse to help the Syr­ian refugees in Kur­dis­tan Re­gion fur­ther.

Azh­gayee ex­pressed his grat­i­tude to­wards the ini­tia­tive by the EU and stated that this has been achived through the hard work of their of­fice to put pres­sure on the EU Par­lia­ment and the Com­mis­sion to con­sider the refugees in Kur­dis­tan Re­gion while al­lo­cat­ing funds and do­na­tions for the case of Syria.

He fur­ther vowed to con­tinue its ef­forts to push for more as­sis­tance and funds for the refugees who live in a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion, es­pe­cially as the win­ter sea­son is ar­riv­ing and more as­sis­tance will be needed.

Syr­ian refugee chil­dren in Domiz camp, near Duhok, Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, De­cem­ber 6, 2012.

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