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Thursday, 6 January, 2005

Tsunami 'Core Group' of Relief Nations Disbanded

An effort by the United States, Japan, India and Australia to coordinate tsunami relief will be disbanded and folded into the broader U.N.-led operations, Secretary of State Colin Powell said on Thursday.

U.S. officials said the group had already served its purpose by jump-starting aid efforts to devastated regions following the Dec. 26 tsunami that barreled into 13 countries around the Indian Ocean and killed some 150,000.

"The core group helped to catalyze the international response," Powell told a tsunami relief conference in Jakarta according to a prepared text released by the State Department. "Having served its purpose, it will ... now fold itself into the broader coordination efforts of the United Nations

Source: Reuters
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