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Iran/Iraq: $150,000 for ICRC appeal



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IINISTER FOR

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

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mA U S T R A L I A

NEWS RELEASE

NO.M52 Date 6 May 1982 THE HON. TONY STREET, M.P.

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IRAN/IRAQ: $ 150/ 000 FOR ICRC APPEAL

The M i n i s t e r f o r Foreign A f f a i r s / the Hon. Tony

S t r e e t MP/ today announced t h a t the A u s t r a l i a n Government

would c o n t r i b u t e $ 150/ 000 to the ICRC appeal on be ha lf

of the v ic t i m s of the f i g h t i n g between I r a q and I r a n .

In announcing the d e c i s i o n / the M i n i s t e r noted

t h a t the f i g h t i n g had been c on ti n ui n g f o r over eighteen

months and t h a t very g re at hardship and s u f f e r i n g had

been experienced by the c i v i l i a n p o p ul a t i o n on both s id es .

Hr S t r e e t said t h a t the ICRC i n i t i a t i v e represented

a s i g n i f i c a n t humani tar ian response to the c o n f l i c t . He ,

added/ however/ t h a t such a s si s t a n c e could not resolve the

cause of the s u f f e r i n g and c a l l e d on those i nvolved in the

f i g h t i n g to i n t e n s i f y t h e i r e f f o r t s to f i n d a p o l i t i c a l

s o l u t i o n to t h e i r problems.