Azeri leader endorses state programme for orphans

Turan news agency, Baku
30 Mar 06

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has endorsed a state programme
for 2006-15 for the handover of orphans from state institutions
to families.

The programme notes that about 21,000 children were orphaned as
a result of Armenian aggression, low living standards in refugee
families and other social factors. They are currently living in
children's homes.

The goal of the programme is to promote "comprehensive and balanced"
development of children. The programme is to be funded from the
state budget, as well as from technical and financial aid provided
by international donor organizations and other sources.