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Iceland Makes Donations to Libya and Japan

The Icelandic government will contribute ISK 12 million (USD 105,000, EUR 74,000) to international emergency relief for Libya and ISK 10 million (USD 87,000, EUR 62,000) to Japan as decided by Minister for Foreign Affairs Össur Skarphédinsson. He announced his intention at a cabinet meeting on Friday.


Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Libya is in a state of emergency; tens of thousands of refugees have crossed the borders to Egypt and Tunisia, a press release from the ministry states.

Half of the amount donated to emergency relief in Libya will go to the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) and the other half to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

Skarphédinsson has announced that Iceland supports the UN’s actions in Libya, aimed at halting the country’s dictator Gaddafi’s efforts to crush public protests. “I find it unbearable to watch jets and other military tools being used to kill innocent people,” he told Fréttabladid.

As for the Japan donation, it will go to the local Red Cross, as requested by Japanese authorities. Iceland will monitor the situation there closely—people are suffering after the country was hit by massive natural disasters and a consequential nuclear emergency—and contribute additional funds if necessary.

The Icelandic Red Cross has also launched a charity collection for Japan. The collection hotline number is (+354) 904-1500.

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