Netherlands gives frozen Libyan assets to WHO

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The Dutch government has given 100 million euros ($144.5 million) in frozen Libyan assets to the World Health Organisation (WHO) to distribute medicine to the Libyan people, a foreign ministry spokesman said Monday.

"An amount of 100 million euros in Libyan assets has been unfrozen on a request of the World Health Organisation," Ward Bezemer told AFP, adding it was only a fraction of Libya's assets seized by the Dutch government in March, without giving a full amount.

Bezemer said Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal told a press conference reserved for Dutch media he was delighted to offer the money to the WHO.

"I always say sanctions must cut off the regime and not the population," Rosenthal said. "That is exactly what's happening here now: Kadhafi's frozen money is being used to save Libyan lives."

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