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Mon, 06 Oct, 2014 12:09:48 AM
FTimes -STT Report, Oct. 6
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The Minister of International Development Sirpa Paatero has said that funding will be sought from the foreign ministry to help alleviate humanitarian crisis in Syria and Iraq.
Finland has informed the United Nations that it will fight against extremist organisation ISIS mainly through humanitarian aid. However, it is not yet clear what kind of help would be given or the amount of money that the country is willing to pledge.
Sources from the foreign ministry told news agency STT that the humanitarian appropriation for this year has already been used up.
Despite shortage of funding, the country should bolster humanitarian efforts to help those affected by war, said Paatero.
The minister said funding could be accessed from foreign ministry's development cooperation projects which for one reason or another have not been implemented.
The minister reaffirmed that ongoing projects will not be affected.
Timo Soini, the Chair of Perussuomalaiset (Finns Party), earlier on Sunday had said that funding should be sought to help in the campaign against the extremist organization ISIS even if it is through the aid of supplementary budget.
However, a collective plan on what the campaign against ISIS entails should first be executed. 
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