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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4568


Mr Enderby asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

(1)   What agencies of the United Nations are operating in East Pakistan;

(2)   Which of the agencies are providing food aid;

(3)   What is the nature and extent of the food aid.


Mr N H Bowen (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The United Nations Secretary-General has established in East Pakistan a United Nations East Pakistan Relief Operation (UNEPRO) to co-ordinate United Nations and other international emergency aid. The following organisations connected with the United Nations normally operate in East Pakistan: United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF); World Food Programme (WFP): World Health Organisation (WHO); Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO): United Nations Development Programme (UNDP): International Labour Organisation (ILO); United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the World Bank Group. Normal aid activities undertaken by these organisations have been temporarily halted.

(2)   UNEPRO; UNICEF; WFP.

(3)   The following food aid has been pledged: (i) through UNEPRO

Australia: 4,780 tons rice- US$557,750 Japan: 3,650 tons rice - $US500,000 Federal Republic of Germany: 27,000 tons food grains--$US3,000,000

Netherlands: food grains and dairy products- $US 1,500,000

United States: 100,000 tons wheat and 75,000 tons rice- JUS32,625,000

(ii)   through UNICEF:

United States: 35,000 tons of corn, soy, milk and wheat/soy blend - $US10,772,000

(iii)   through WFP:

Canada: 80,000 tons wheat-

$US7,000,000

United States: 50,000 tons food grains- $US7,700,000

These supplies can be regarded as responses to the current emergency situation. The WFP has also completed plans for three food aid projects valued at $US3 million for quasi-emergency rehabilitation purposes.







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