France may simplify adoption of tsunami orphans

4th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Jan 3 (AFP) - Foreign Minister Michel Barnier said Monday that France was ready to streamline procedures to facilitate adoption of orphans of the devastating waves that stuck countries around the Indian Ocean.

PARIS, Jan 3 (AFP) - Foreign Minister Michel Barnier said Monday that France was ready to streamline procedures to facilitate adoption of orphans of the devastating waves that stuck countries around the Indian Ocean.

"While the countries affected maintain their prerogatives, we could put into place a special mechanism under my ministry which is charged with international adoption," Barnier said on the TF1 private television station.

But the minister insisted "we must take into account what the countries of these children want, we must respect these countries."

Barnier was responding to a suggestion to facilitate adoption of tsunami orphans during a special program on French aid to victims.

The December 26 quake and the tsunamis it triggered killed nearly 150,000 people and left millions in need.

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