Don't forget other crises with Ukraine focus, UN warns

20/5/2022 6:00:00 PM
Don't forget other crises with Ukraine focus, UN warns

'I think an important message is that there is not just Ukraine and we should not forget the rest,' Grandi said.

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'I think an important message is that there is not just Ukraine and we should not forget the rest,' Grandi said.

BRUSSELS (Reuters) -The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees warned on Friday that countries focused on helping Ukraine should not ignore other crises, which were likely to worsen due to the war.

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, who chaired a meeting of EU development ministers that Grandi attended, said the UNHCR chief told them that the figure was reaching the"red line" of 100 million forced to leave their homes."Unfortunately the global displacement crisis is increasing. I think an important message ... is that there is not just Ukraine and we should not forget the rest," Grandi said before the meeting.

"First of all because Ukraine has an impact on many other fragile situations, making them more fragile, food security, energy crisis, price increases, instability and then this in turn can cause more displacement," he said.Grandi urged EU members and other countries not to reduce overseas development aid because of higher spending related to the Ukraine crisis, such as to cope with the influx of refugees, as for example Sweden has done.

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EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, who chaired a meeting of EU development ministers that Grandi attended, said the UNHCR chief told them that the figure was reaching the"red line" of 100 million forced to leave their homes. "Unfortunately the global displacement crisis is increasing. I think an important message . The United States, Blinken said, has taken"additional measures to increase the safety of our colleagues who are returning to Kyiv and (we) have enhanced our security measures and protocols"..."Any information to the public could endanger that process.

is that there is not just Ukraine and we should not forget the rest," Grandi said before the meeting. State Department personnel first relocated to the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, and then left the country after Russian forces entered Ukraine to conduct the military operation. "First of all because Ukraine has an impact on many other fragile situations, making them more fragile, food security, energy crisis, price increases, instability and then this in turn can cause more displacement," he said. Grandi urged EU members and other countries not to reduce overseas development aid because of higher spending related to the Ukraine crisis, such as to cope with the influx of refugees, as for example Sweden has done. "If we do that and at the same time we weaken the response in other places, it will backfire. Then we will have higher costs in other places to cover," he said. Its defence ministry posted videos of what it said were Ukrainian fighters receiving hospital treatment after surrendering at Azovstal.

Borrell said the EU was aware that the Ukraine war had exacerbated the situation in vulnerable areas. The bloc, he said, had already pledged money at conferences for the Horn of Africa and the Sahel and Lake Chad region. "We are very much aware that after the mask diplomacy, remember at the beginning of COVID, and then vaccine diplomacy, now we are entering a period of food diplomacy," he said. (Reporting by Philip Blenkinsop; Editing by Foo Yun Chee and Alison Williams) Article type: metered .