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Australia Pledges $2.95 Million in Arakan Aid

11 July 2013

Australia’s government says it will provide an additional Aus $3.2 million (US $2.95 million) in aid for people displaced by last year’s communal violence in Arakan State. Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr, who is in Rangoon to meet Burmese President Thein Sein and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, said the new commitment lifts Australia’s total aid contribution to the state to Aus $9 million (US $8.3 million). “This means Australia is the biggest donor nation when it comes to looking after the acute humanitarian problems in this part of Myanmar,” Carr said, according to Australian media. Australia is also donating Aus $3 million (US $2.7 million) to help Burma conduct its first nationwide census in 30 years.