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Germany increases assistance for refugees in Lebanon

22.06.2008 - Press release

An international donor conference on the reconstruction of the Palestinian refugee camp Nahr el Bared in Lebanon and the development of the surrounding area in the north of the country will take place in Vienna on 23 June. Minister of State Gloser will attend on behalf of the Federal Government.

In May 2007 heavy fighting broke out in the refugee camp between the Lebanese army and the extremist group Fatah al-Islam, which had taken over the camp. Nahr el Bared was destroyed in the clash, leaving 30,000 residents seeking temporary shelter in neighbouring camps and communities.

Last year the Federal Government provided over 14 million euro for emergency relief and immediate infrastructure measures. At the donor conference, the Federal Government will pledge a further six million euro, of which four million will come from the budget of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and two million from the Federal Foreign Office budget for a vocational training project for young Palestinians.

In the words of Minister of State Gloser:

"The Federal Government will in this way support the efforts of the Lebanese Government and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNWRA) to improve living conditions for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and thereby also to stabilize the country."

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