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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release March 8, 1994



The United States is committed to supporting Georgia's efforts to implement market and democratic reforms. U.S. efforts have focused on providing large-scale humanitarian assistance to help alleviate the suffering of the Georgian people during Georgia's difficult transition to an independent, self-sufficient nation.

During fiscal year 1993, the U.S. allocated $155 million in aid to Georgia. Most of this aid was humanitarian because civil strife within Georgia precluded implementation of technical assistance on a large scale in 1993. The bulk of the $155 million was in the form of emergency relief to help address the immediate needs of the refugees displaced by the conflict in Abkhazia. Although allocated in FY 1993, some of this aid is still being delivered in early FY 1994.

Key humanitarian aid activities include:

So far in FY 1994, the U.S. has allocated nearly $70 million for humanitarian and technical assistance programs for Georgia. This figure includes:

Further aid in FY 1994 will depend on how Georgia's internal situation develops. If Georgia becomes more stable, the U.S. will be able to allocate more technical aid. If, however, the civil strife continues, the U.S. will allocate more humanitarian aid for continued refugee assistance.

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