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EU provides humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran

16 March, 2007

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BRUSSELS: The European Commission has decided to give 18 million euros (23.7 million U.S. dollars) to assist the most vulnerable people affected by armed conflict and natural disasters in Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan, said the commission.

The funding will benefit returning refugees, internally displaced persons and their host communities. Relief will be provided in the form of shelter and basic services, such as water and sanitation, said the commission, the executive body of the European Union (EU).

"Despite the relative improvement in the political situation in Afghanistan, the absolute level of needs remains high and requires a continued humanitarian engagement. The European Commission is committed to assisting the most vulnerable populations in Afghanistan and its neighboring countries," said Louis Michel, EU commissioner for humanitarian aid and development. Pakistan and Iran host most of the Afghan refugees.

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