I am pleased to provide you this Fiscal Year 2005 report on U.S. assistance and cooperative activities with Eurasia. This was an important year for U.S. Government assistance to this region. Twenty-two federal departments, agencies, and other major USG implementers obligated $1.93 billion in assistance to the twelve countries in this region as appropriated by Congress, including $641.52 million obligated from the FREEDOM Support Act (FSA) account.
On the democratic front, this assistance helped the U.S. reach important milestones. In Ukraine, for example, U.S. assistance helped empower the Ukrainian people as they demanded accountability from their leaders, and ultimately changed both their government and the course of Ukrainian history. In the economic sphere, U.S. assistance helped diversify economic activity in Azerbaijan and supported Georgia and Armenia in their drive to develop compacts under the Millennium Challenge Account. Finally in the realm of security and law enforcement, U.S. assistance is helping countries such as Tajikistan strengthen their border control procedures and combat cross-border trade in illicit narcotics, weapons, and human trafficking.
Despite these successes, however, there is still much work that needs to be done to help empower the peoples of these regions, and further their integration into the international community. During the next fiscal year the Office of the Coordinator for U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia will continue to direct and coordinate USG funding to best fulfill the needs for an assistance policy closely aligned with U.S. foreign policy.
Thomas C. Adams
Coordinator of U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia