German Officials Travel to Libya, Canada Announces New Aid

    Children play with the shell of a tank used to bomb inhabitants of Misrata, Libya. Germany and Canada have both pledged aid to the country. Photo by: H. Caux / UNHCR

    Germany is committed to helping Libya and its people even after the months-long political crisis in the North African country concludes, according to German Federal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, who visited the city of Benghazi on June 13 with German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Dirk Niebel.

    Westerwelle said Germany would help in the short term by providing aid materials to Libyan hospitals and assisting refugees. In the medium and long term, Germany would help build new state structures and support the rebuilding of Libya’s economy, the minister added. Westerwelle also noted that Germany recognizes the Interim National Council as the representative of the Libyan public.

    Meantime, Canadian Minister of International Cooperation Beverley Oda announced June 14 that Canada is providing an additional 2 million Canadian dollars to support the international humanitarian response to Libya. Of the sum, CA$1.75 million ($1.75 million) will go to the International Committee of the Red Cross, while the U.N. Population Fund will receive CA$250,000.

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