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Cote d'Ivoire

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance the UK Government has offered to those affected by the spill of toxic liquid in Cote d’Ivoire. (97897)

In response to this regrettable incident, the UK offered assistance through the European Commission Civil Protection Mechanism, but as both France and the United Nations sent in assessment teams, our assistance was not required. The Ivorian authorities have since engaged an international waste management company for the clean-up operation.

Although our support was not needed in this instance, DFID has provided over £5 million in humanitarian assistance since internal conflict broke out in 2002 to meet basic health and protection needs, and to assist with planning in the event of further deterioration in security.