Norway’s Syria aid depletes aid budget

Norway's Syria aid depletes aid budget
Syrian children. File photo: FreedomHouse/Flikr
The Norwegian foreign ministry has depleted its annual emergency aid budget after a 150-million kroner ($25 million) payment to ease the humanitarian consequences to the conflict in Syria.

With five months of the year left, the foreign ministry has already used up its annual 350 million kroner humanitarian aid budget, reported the Verdens Gang newspaper on Friday. An additional emergency budget of 500 million kroner has also been dipped into, with only 90 million remaining. 

"As a result of the increased crisis in Syria and also to a degree other humanitarian crises, our humanitarian aid budget for 2013 has been used up," ministry political spokeswoman Kathrine Raadim told the newspaper. 

The ministry has yet to decide whether to ask parliament for additional funds. 

The Norwegian Red Cross, meanwhile, said the depleted funds were problematic and urged the ministry to request further funding. 

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