Fischer to visit quake-hit nations

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7 January 2005, BERLIN - German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer leaves on Friday on a trip to Thailand, Indonesia and Sri Lanka to discuss relief measures after last month's deadly tsunami, the ministry said in a statement. Fischer will have talks in Bangkok with Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and will also visit the devastated Phuket region to attend a memorial service for victims. In Indonesia, the Foreign Minister will meet President Sussilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Jakarta. On the final leg of his

7 January 2005

BERLIN - German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer leaves on Friday on a trip to Thailand, Indonesia and Sri Lanka to discuss relief measures after last month's deadly tsunami, the ministry said in a statement.

Fischer will have talks in Bangkok with Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and will also visit the devastated Phuket region to attend a memorial service for victims.

In Indonesia, the Foreign Minister will meet President Sussilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Jakarta.

On the final leg of his trip in Sri Lanka, Fischer is due to discuss the relief effort with President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and to take part in a memorial service in Colombo.

Germany this week announced it would provide EUR 500 million in aid to tsunami destroyed regions in the coming three to five years.

In a related development, a foreign ministry official in Berlin said 725 Germans had been reported to police as missing in the disaster but that it had to be assumed about 1,000 Germans were missing.

So far 60 German nationals have been confirmed dead in the 26 December Indian Ocean earthquake tsunami which killed over 150,000 people in the region.

DPA

Subject: German news

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