Argentina Sends White Helmets to Border between Libya and Tunisia on Account of Refugees
By Dialogo March 11, 2011
Argentina will send a delegation of logistics experts to the border between Libya and Tunisia in order to assist those displaced by the conflict in the region, at the request of the United Nations refugee agency, the Foreign Ministry announced on 9 March.
The delegation will be made up of eight experts from the ministry’s White Helmets Commission, including specialists in managing camps for displaced people and emergency situations at airports, among others, who can contribute to the work performed by the UN at the border.
“The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) asked us to work on the issue of the Libyan refugees, so the White Helmets are going to start work now,” Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman declared.
He added that Cristina Kirchner’s administration will send “a team to the border with Tunisia,” where there have been massive movements of Libyans and citizens of other countries in the region seeking refuge, leading the UN to work to resolve the humanitarian situation, according to a Foreign Ministry statement.
The White Helmets are an Argentine initiative adopted by the UN in 1994 and by the Organization of American States (OAS) in 1998.
The group is a model of cooperation between countries through the participation of teams of volunteers who work in emergency situations and in response to situations of economic and social collapse, according to its website.