EU approves humanitarian aid for YU

BRUSSELS, Jun 28, 2000 -- (Reuters) The European Commission on Tuesday approved 61 million euros ($57.38 million) in funding to provide humanitarian aid for refugees, displaced people and ordinary citizens in Yugoslavia.

The funding will enable the Commission's own aid office and humanitarian organizations to carry out projects such as providing better food supplies, shelter, sanitation, and community and health services.

The Commission, the EU's executive, said in a statement Serbia would receive 31.9 million euros, 18.1 million would go to Kosovo province and 5.3 million would go to Montenegro. About 5.7 million would be placed in a contingency reserve fund.

"The objective is to continue covering the most urgent needs throughout the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, including Kosovo," it said.

The Commission said it had already provided about 378 million euros in aid for people affected by violence in Kosovo.

The EU has been trying to help ordinary people and the democratic opposition in Yugoslavia while at the same time attempting to isolate Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic.

Milosevic is a U.N.-indicted war criminal and the EU regards him as a major obstacle to democracy after years of conflict in the region.

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