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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.


(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-


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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