( RIA Novosti ) - The UN is scaling down its humanitarian aid in the North Caucasus as the area is no longer considered a disaster zone, Vasily Likhachev said following a meeting with the head of humanitarian affairs at the UN.
Likhachev, a deputy chairman of the Russian Federation Council's foreign affairs committee said: "The UN is leaving the North Caucasus recognizing the political, social and economical stability in the region."
" Chechnya, North Ossetia, Ingushetia, and Karachai-Circassia need no further foreign humanitarian aid, they have become self reliant, although not all problems have been solved," Likhachev said.
Over $200 million has been spent on UN humanitarian projects since 2000 in the region, most of the effort focused on Chechens displaced during the conflict.
He also said the Russian federal budget would help the local authorities to accommodate the refugees.