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South Ossetia: Overseas aid

Volume 494: debated on Wednesday 17 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in South Ossetia; and what plans his Department has for the delivery of humanitarian aid to South Ossetia. (279206)

A Department for International Development (DFID) monitoring mission in February 2009 reported that the humanitarian situation in South Ossetia appeared to have stabilised and that the remaining internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Georgia were living in more acceptable humanitarian conditions. However, with the exception of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), humanitarian organisations are still hampered in their ability to access conflict-affected areas despite assurances that unfettered access would be granted.

DFID has so far provided £4 million to provide humanitarian assistance to the people of the region and is continuing to monitor the situation. We are also supporting UK conflict prevention activities through a regional Conflict Prevention Pool which is jointly managed with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Ministry of Defence.