The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Moscow on 4 June 2004 presented the Mid-Year Review of the 2004 Consolidated Inter-Agency Appeal for Chechnya and Neighbouring Republics.

The CAP, as the appeal is known, was launched in November 2003 by 9 UN agencies and 12 non-governmental organizations with active humanitarian assistance programs in the North Caucasus. Its projects were formulated in consultation with the Government, donors and the Red Cross and Red Crescent movement. The United Nations and non-governmental organizations participating in the appeal requested a total of US $61,923,703 in November. After donor funding of almost US $30,000,000 and slight project revisions, organizations are still seeking US $32,760,122. Further information on the UN’s humanitarian programs in the region is available from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs ( Mid-Year Review event today was an open discussion on the humanitarian situation in the North Caucasus by representatives of the federal government, governments of Chechnya and Ingushetia, UN, donor countries, international organizations and non-governmental organizations. The Government praised the contributions made by international organizations through the CAP to alleviate suffering in the region. Furthermore, participants of today’s discussions recognized that the situation in the North Caucasus is no longer a full-scale humanitarian crisis. Humanitarian needs remain substantial, however, and international organizations expressed their resolve to continue programs to meet humanitarian needs in Chechnya. Since January some 10,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in Ingushetia have decided to return to Chechnya. Nevertheless, assistance and protection for 50,000 registered IDPs still in Ingushetia remains a priority. The discussion also looked beyond immediate humanitarian needs to the Government’s plans for economic recovery in Chechnya. Planning for the 2005 CAP will complement Government programs in areas of social-services support and economic recovery.