Both before and since taking up our position on the UN Security Council, Ireland has sought to highlight the humanitarian dimension of the situation in Afghanistan. This concern is shared throughout the international community and every effort is being made at all levels to meet the humanitarian needs of the vulnerable Afghan population. In October 2000, Ireland Aid gave priority to Afghanistan as a then "forgotten emergency" with support of £440,000. Since the start of this year, a further £4 million has been provided by the Government in humanitarian assistance to that country. This aid is aimed at meeting the urgent needs of both the vulnerable population within Afghanistan and those who have fled the country, mainly to Pakistan and Iran.