Georgieva Tackles Humanitarian Aid on Kyrgyztan Visit

Kristalina Georgieva, European commissioner for international cooperation, humanitarian aid and crisis response. Photo by: European Union

European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Kristalina Georgieva is in Kyrgyzstan until July 3 to discuss humanitarian issues with Kyrgyz authorities and beneficiaries of EU assistance.

“I want to make sure that our funding is used in the most effective manner and is reaching the people that are in most need, which is why I will be travelling to the Osh region,” Georgieva said. “We reacted swiftly and allocated 5 million [euros or USD6.24 million] to provide emergency medical support, food, water, shelter, non-food items, protection and psychosocial assistance for persons affected by this crisis and thus showing the EU’s solidarity with the victims.”

On Georgieva’s schedule during the visit are meetings with interim President Roza Otunbayeva, Interim Government on Social Issues, Public Relations and Media Coordinator Elmira Ibraimova, and Health Minister Damira Niyazalyeva, according to a press release. She will meet with non-governmental organizations and other humanitarian aid partners as well.

The U.N. News Center reports that around 75,000 ethnic Uzbeks are fleeing across the border to Uzbekistan after violence erupted in the Kyrgyz towns of Osh and Jalalabad.

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