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15 December 2006
Food Aid through the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)
The Government of Japan has decided to extend food aid totaling 930 million yen through the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to countries and regions in need of food in a fragile transitional stage. Notes to this effect were exchanged on December 15 (Fri) in Rome between Mr. Yuji Nakamura, Japanese Ambassador to Italy, and Ms. Sheila Sisulu, Deputy Executive Director of the WFP.
In the Palestinian territories, Japan has decided to provide humanitarian assistance from the viewpoint of preventing further deterioration of Palestinians' living conditions and thus supporting peace-oriented public opinion. WFP has distributed food to non-refugee residents such as orphans, elderly people, undernourished children and the physically weak in the West Bank and Gaza Strip since September 2005.
Japan's support for the WFP's food distribution programme is intended to make a contribution to alleviating the food shortage and also to the economic and social stability in this area.