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Australian contribution to the International Red Cross Indochina Operations Group



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M/81 16 May 1973

AUSTRALIAN CONTRIBUTION TO THE INTERNATIONAL

'RED CROSS INDOCHINA OPERATIONS GROUP

The Minister of State and Minister assisting the

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Willesee, today announced

an Australian pledge of SUS250,000 to the International Red

Cross Indochina Operations Group. '

Senator Willesee said the contribution would be used

in urgent humanitarian relief work in all the war-affected areas

of Indochina and would be made through the Australian Red Cross

Society.

The Minister added that the contribution reflected the

Government's awareness of the requirement for humanitarian

assistance in the Indochina region and the special ability of

the Red Cross Indochina Operations Group to provide assistance

quickly and effectively. Senator Willesee paid tribute to the

excellent work of the Australian Red Cross Society for its

unceasing efforts in Indochina in coordination with the

International Red Cross. " .