US announces immediate humanitarian aid to Kyrgyz Republic

US announces immediate humanitarian aid to Kyrgyz Republic
Washington:
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US has announced a USD 32.26 million assistance for humanitarian relief, reconstruction and
community stabilization efforts in the violence-hit Central Asian Republic of Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.
    
The amount would be directed towards meeting immediate humanitarian needs, providing assistance to displaced and returning families, and also to address the roots of the
conflict through community development and conflict mitigation programs in southern Kyrgyz Republic, the US State Department announced on Wednesday.
    
Expressing deep concern over the current situation in the region, the State Department said it is closely monitoring developments in the Kyrgyz Republic and the affected border regions of Uzbekistan and supports international efforts to facilitate peace and order and the provision of humanitarian assistance coordinated by the United Nations and other international organizations.
    
As soon as the security situation allows, United States would begin deliveries of medical and other supplies donated by US corporations and charities to the Kyrgyz Republic, the
State Department said.
    
The Administration would also shortly seek Congressional approval for a project to engage civil society, law enforcement and the business community in addressing factors negatively affecting stability in southern Kyrgyz Republic, it said.
    
"These commitments made in response to the current crisis are in addition to the United States' ongoing annual assistance programs for Kyrgyz Republic and Uzbekistan
designed to achieve long term development goals," a statement by the State Department said.
    
The State Department said USD 217,000 in medical and relief supplies were released by the US Embassy in Bishkek and have been delivered to Osh and Jalalabad by the Kyrgyz
Ministry of Health.
    
Another USD 3.65 million has been authorised for immediate expenditure by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) for humanitarian assistance to the region, including the purchase and delivery of medicines, medical supplies, and shelter and hygiene items.
    
A further USD 5.85 million has also been authorised for community improvement and stabilization projects, including a broad range of community defined projects that may include
construction of small scale infrastructure, assistance to improve government operations, job creation, and education for disenfranchised populations.
    
Also, a USD 15 million assistance would be provided by USAID for immediate humanitarian relief in southern Kyrgyz Republic and rapid community improvement and stabilization
projects throughout the country, the State Department said.