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Volume 126: debated on Monday 1 February 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he is satisfied with the level of international co-operation designed to avoid famine in Ethiopia.

Donors have responded promptly and generously with famine relief for the people of Ethiopia. About three quarters of the food aid needed in 1988 has already been pledged and is being delivered to the Ethiopian ports. If there is a major catastrophe it will not be because donors have failed to play their part but because, tragically, the civil war has prevented food from being delivered to those in need.