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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 2nd March 2011.

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Photo of David Cameron David Cameron The Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party 11:30 am, 2nd March 2011

I thank the right hon. Gentleman for his question. In addition to the steps I announced about the airlift from the Tunisian border back to

Egypt, there is also HMS York, which has now docked in Benghazi carrying a lot of medical and other supplies and will be able to help with the humanitarian mission. He asked specifically about helping the multilateral organisations. Obviously, we are in very close touch with them, particularly with OCHA—the United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs—and Valerie Amos. We are delighted that it is John Ging, whom many in the House will know from the UN and his excellent work in Palestine for UNRWA—the United Nations Relief and Works Agency—who will be co-ordinating that effort. We will remain in close contact with them as one of their lead partners and will do everything we can to help to co-ordinate this effort. We have the forward-basing of a lot of tents and other equipment in Dubai, which means that it is relatively close to the area. We will go on doing everything we can to ease the problems at the border and to make sure that this emergency does not turn into a crisis.

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