Denmark will increase humanitarian aid to Iraq in order to help displaced people return to the area, the country’s foreign ministry announced following the victory over Islamic State in Mosul.
“The liberation of Mosul shows that what the coalition is doing is working. Isis has lost its symbolic ‘capital’. The fight has been long and hard and has unfortunately brought with it great civilian losses and left ruins in Mosul as a result of Isis’ gruesome and barbaric actions,” Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen said in the statement.
As reported by The Local, the ministry announced a pledge of 21 million kroner (€2.8m) in 2017 and a further 25 million kroner (€3.4m) in 2018 for mine clearing in the area.
A further 10 million kroner (€1.3m) has been made available to “promote initiatives that will contribute to more long-term peace and reconciliation in Iraq,” the ministry added.
Plans are also under way for a “nine-figure sum” (in kroner) to be announced later in the year as additional aid money for stabilisation in Syria and Iraq “so that displaced Iraqis can return to their homes,” Samuelsen said.
Foreign development minister Ulla Tørnæs said the government had decided to prioritise Iraq in its allocation of foreign aid.
“We will… continue to prioritise the humanitarian situation in Iraq… We are following developments closely and including potential need for further aid. I would also like to highlight the importance of all parties ensuring the security of civil and human rights and that humanitarian needs are respected,” she said in the ministry press statement.