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MINISTER FOR

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Date 6 May 1982

NEWS RELEASE THE HON. TONY STREET, M.P.

$250 / 00 0 _ F0 R AFGHAN REFUGEES

The M i n i s t e r f o r Fo r e i g n A f f a i r s # t he Hon„ Tony

S t r e e t MPz t oday announced t h a t A u s t r a l i a would g i v e $ 2 5 0 / 0 0 0

t o an appe a l l aunched by t he I n t e r n a t i o n a l Committee of t he

Red Cross ( ICRC) t o a s s i s t t he 2 . 6 m i l l i o n r e f u g e e s from

A f g h a n i s t a n now i n P a k i s t a n . .

Mr S t r e e t s a i d t h a t t he r e f u g e e s had been f or c e d

t o f l e e t o P a k i s t a n as a r e s u l t of t he S o v i e t i n v a s i o n of

A f g h a n i s t a n and now made up t he l a r g e s t s i n g l e c o n c e n t r a t i o n

of r e f u g e e s anywhere i n t he w o r l d . i

Mr S t r e e t s a i d t h a t A u s t r a l i a c o n t i n u e d t o gi v e

g e n e r o u s l y t o t he s e r e f u g e e s t hr ough v a r i o u s i n t e r n a t i o n a l

age nc i e s # i n c l u d i n g t he UNHCR and t he iWorld Food Program. The $250#000 c o n t r i b u t i o n t o t he ICRC [appeal would b r i n g t he

t o t a l of A u s t r a l i a ' s h u m a n i t a r i a n assi [ st ance f o r Afghan r e f u ge e s

i n P a k i s t a n t o about $ 1 6 . 7 1 m i l l i o n si|nce 1979.

Mr S t r e e t not ed t h a t t he A u s t r a l i a n P a r l i a m e n t had

made s p e c i f i c r e f e r e n c e t o t he p l i g h t [of t he Afghan r e f uge e s

i n P a k i s t a n when i t r e c e n t l y d e s i g n a t e d 21 March as A f g h a n i s t a n

Day. Mr S t r e e t a l s o pa i d s p e c i a l t r i b u t e to t he uni que r o l e of

t he ICRC i n a s s i s t i n g and p r o t e c t i n g t he v i c t i m s of c o n f l i c t

i n many p a r t s of t he w o r l d .