Mark Low­cock: I Rep­re­sent the In­ter­ests of Those Who Need Help

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - WORLD -

The new Un­der-Sec­re­tary­Gen­eral of the UN for Hu­man­i­tar­ian Af­fairs, Mark Low­cock, in an in­ter­view with the UN News Ser­vice, said that the num­ber of peo­ple in need of hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance in the world has reached 145 mil­lion more than ever be­fore.

Surely, it was about Myan­mar. Ac­cord­ing to daily re­ports, Ro­hingya peo­ple ar­riv­ing in Bangladesh are in a de­plorable sit­u­a­tion.

One of the largest hu­man­i­tar­ian sup­plies for peo­ple flee­ing from Myan­mar was sent from Uzbek­istan.

An­swer­ing the ques­tion as to whether there is light at the end of the tun­nel and how jus­ti­fied the ac­cu­sa­tions that the UN is not do­ing enough are, Low­cock noted that the key to over­com­ing the Myan­mar cri­sis is in Myan­mar, as its roots are there. “Our task is to help 480,000 peo­ple who fled to Bangladesh to es­cape death”.

The flow be­gan to in­crease on the first week­end af­ter he took up his du­ties in early Septem­ber, the Un­der Sec­re­tary­Gen­eral pointed out. He said he al­lo­cated funds from the Emer­gency Re­sponse Fund, which helped in­crease the amount of aid. Since then, Low­cock stressed, the prob­lem has grown, has be­come even more com­plex and large-scale, so the op­er­a­tion has been con­tin­u­ing to ex­pand. The of­fi­cial in­formed that he in­tends to visit Bangladesh in the near fu­ture to make sure the process is go­ing in ac­cor­dance with the plan.

Ac­cord­ing to UN es­ti­mates, at present some kind of as­sis­tance is pro­vided to 80 per­cent of all ar­riv­ing in Bangladesh, but the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity should not stop there. And in this re­gard, the UK-born Low­cock un­der­scored, the global body re­lies on fur­ther gen­er­ous sup­port from donors, since the scale of the cri­sis turned out to be greater, much more ex­ten­sive than ex­pected. “We must join hands with the Gov­ern­ment of Bangladesh. This coun­try demon­strates ex­cep­tional sol­i­dar­ity and gen­eros­ity, and we must help them”.

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