INTRODUCTION: A conference on African refugee relief has exceeded its target by more than U.S. 100 million dollars, despite a major wrangle over whether Israel should have been allowed to attend.
GV PAN Delegates in the conference hall. (MUTE)
SCU Representative of Sudan speaking in English.
SV Common Market representative F. van Hoek speaking in French.
SCU Dr. Waldheim speaking in English, GVs delegates listening. (6 SHOTS)
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RAHMAN: (SEQ 2): "There is subsequently need for all U.N. bodies to embark on having defined, by their institutional organs, the policies and programme they should assume to contribute to refugee assistance in the African countries. Co-ordination of these policies and programmes is an obvious exercise which also requires careful attention."
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WALDHEIM: (SEQ 4): "Another further analysis and follow-up clarification with some donors will be required before a final report can be completed. Nevertheless, even now, we can point with considerable satisfaction to the following accomplishments : One Pledges announced but not specified -- 451.9 million dollars. Two. Pledges announced to ongoing U.S. programmes and to the International Committee of the Red Cross -- 66.9 million dollars. Three. Indications of bilateral assistance -- 31.1 million dollars."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: A conference on African refugee relief has exceeded its target by more than U.S. 100 million dollars, despite a major wrangle over whether Israel should have been allowed to attend. The conference, organised by the United Nations and held in Geneva, was told that donors had pledged almost 560 million dollars at its closing session on Friday (10 April). But western states were reported to have opposed African demands for a follow-up conference.
SYNOPSIS: Sudan, leading the African group, issued a statement suggesting the possibility of a further conference. Their representative, Ahmed Abdul Rahman, called for a definite United Nations policy on refugees.
The representative of the European Economic Community (EEC), Mr. F. van Hoek, said he was happy to be able to announce pledges of aid worth U.S. 68 million dollars for refugees and displaced people in Africa. Mr. van Hoek said the financial decisions had already been taken or were in the process of being approved. He added that the EEC's total contribution will be worth U.S. 85 million dollars. The conference was wound up by U.S. Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim, who announced that donors had pledged almost 560 million dollars, exceeding the 450 million dollars target the conference had set for helping refugees over the next 18 months.