UAE donates $100,000 of Humanitarian Aid for Indonesia

Published June 7th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The United Arab Emirates Wednesday donated $100,000 worth of humanitarian aid and 150 tons of dates for the people of the troubled Indonesian province of Aceh. 

In a statement issued at the signing ceremony at the foreign ministry in Jakarta, UAE ambassador Mohammed Sultan Alsowaidi said the aid was in support of a truce between Jakarta and separatists rebels in Aceh which came into effect June 2nd. 

The truce, dubbed a "humanitarian pause," is designed to allow aid to reach the Acehnese and to reduce the level of violence there. 

Included in the UAE aid, which will be channeled through the Red Crescent Society, was rice, cooking oil, sugar and instant noodles, the statement said. 

Violence between government troops trying to stamp out the separatist movement and the Aceh rebels has cost thousands of lives, with more than 400 killed this year alone. 

The ambassador also pledged a shipment of another 150 tons of dates for the Maluku islands, where thousands of people have been displaced by Muslim-Christian clashes in the past 18 months - JAKARTA (AFP) 

 

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