Germany sends aid to Myanmar

12.05.2008 - Press release

On behalf of the Federal Foreign Minister Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Ambassador von Alvensleben, Deputy Director-General responsible for Crisis Prevention and Humanitarian Aid in the Federal Foreign Office, and Ursula Müller, Head of the Task Force for Humanitarian Aid, will depart this evening (12 May) for Rangoon. The Federal Foreign Office has chartered a cargo plane to bring four THW water purification units to Myanmar tomorrow morning. With these units, the THW will be able to provide urgently needed clean drinking water for 40,000 people a day.

Federal Foreign Minister worked intensively to secure landing permission for cargo planes so that humanitarian aid can finally reach the people. Before departing for Russia, the Minister expressed his hope that further authorizations would be granted without delay.

The Federal Foreign Office is providing 600,000 euro for the mission. Tomorrow's aeroplane is also to transport aid from other German aid agencies to the crisis region, including the German Red Cross, the Malteser Hilfsdienst e.V., the Order of St John and arche noVa. All in all, the Federal Foreign Office has made available one million euro for aid in Myanmar. Federal Minister Steinmeier underscored the German Government's readiness to send further assistance as soon as the current funds have been exhausted and the aid would be accepted.

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