"UN agencies assist thousands affected by Georgian conflict
11 August 2008 - United Nations agencies have begun providing emergency aid to thousands of people affected by the escalating conflict in Georgia, as a senior UN official told the Security Council today that Russian forces have now entered Georgian areas outside the regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
The World Food Programme (WFP) said it has begun providing critical humanitarian aid to more than 2,000 people displaced by the violence in South Ossetia, where the fighting first erupted last week. ..."The number of people in need of our help is rising by the hour," said WFP Georgia Country Director Lola Castro, adding that so far, 2,750 IDPs had been registered in Tbilisi alone. Many more people were living with relatives or in unofficial shelters.
WFP said today's distributions are mainly targeted at people outside the capital. However, access to them is restricted by continuing Russian air raids, making it extremely dangerous for WFP staff trying to reach them. In addition to food aid, the agency is also offering its logistical support to other humanitarian organisations.
The crisis has led to an international outcry from senior UN officials, including Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who has voiced grave concern at the mounting humanitarian toll and called for an immediate end to the fighting.
Mr. Ban has discussed the issue over the past few days with European Union High Representative Javier Solana, United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoðan and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier...
UNHCR, which has an office in the North Ossetian city of Vladikavkaz, said it stands ready to provide humanitarian support should Russian authorities request it. The agency has some aid stockpiles in both Georgia and Russia....
The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) is also working closely with UN agencies on the ground, assessing the situation and immediate needs. The agency added its voice to those calling for an immediate end to hostilities and appealed to all parties to ensure the safety and protection of all civilians, particularly women and children. "
I cite from my friend Constance Cumbey: "I guess we are on the same page. I have been thinking this for some time. Tuesday, a client's wife mentioned worldwide food shortages with concern to me. Today THE ECONOMIST MAGAZINE I purchased had a cover story, "THE SILENT TSUNAMI: The food crisis and how to solve it." Ominously, the article referred to Josette Sheeran. She is a Moonie (follower of Rev. Moon and his 'Unification Church'). She now claims to have left Unification Church and became an Episcopalian, but the smart money believes Ms. Sheeran is still deeply committed to Rev. Moon and his world dominating agenda. Certainly Unification Church appears to still love her -- something strange for somebody they would otherwise consider an apostate worthy of shunning! Josette Sheeran is the Bush Administration nominee named to head the United Nations World Food Program. Rev. Moon claims to be the "Lord of the Second Advent." He has long worked with Benjamin Creme and Tara Center. Disgustingly, Tim LaHaye and Jerry Falwell as well as too many others have made common cause with Moon too (in the interest of sharing his money - but that's no excuse). The recommendation of THE ECONOMIST was to immediately give much more in the way of funding (another $750 million) to Ms. Sheeran-Shiner's UN Agency. (Josette Sheeran Shiner was the name under which this person was a high level official in Rev. Moon's organization. She was nominated by the Bush administration -- undoubtedly, as I see it, as a payback to Rev. Moon for his generosity to the Bush family. The thought of Rev. Moon and company controlling our world food reserves is almost more than I can bear! Also to note: Nieves Hayat deMariaga Mathews, Javier Solana's mother worked for the same agency in Rome for 20 years-- the UN's FAO, as it was called then. It is now known as the WPA -- World Food Programme. Josette Sheeran (her Moonie married name was Josette Sheeran Shiner) now has her office in Rome. Isn't that convenient!I have long suspected we might be in the very seals of Revelation themselves and have been for some time. Today, I wondered if we didn't see "the Rider on the Black Horse" actively presenting..."
In between in Iran Ahmadinejad called for closer cooperation among Islamic states...He hailed the attendance of U.S. top diplomat in the latest nuclear talks between Iran and the European Union. “During these negotiations they deeply understood that Iran’s peaceful nuclear activities will never stop.” On July 19, Iran’s top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili held talks with EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana in Geneva over Iran’s nuclear dispute. Javier Solana in a telephone conversation on Monday reaffirmed further commitment to nuclear talks.