France to join in tsunami emergency summit

5th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Jan 5 (AFP) - France's junior cooperation and development minister Xavier Darcos will participate in Thursday's emergency summit in Jakarta on the tsunami disaster, the foreign ministry announced Wednesday.

PARIS, Jan 5 (AFP) - France's junior cooperation and development minister Xavier Darcos will participate in Thursday's emergency summit in Jakarta on the tsunami disaster, the foreign ministry announced Wednesday.

Foreign ministry spokesman Herve Ladsous said Darcos would review France's efforts in the region to date and reiterate its "intention to contribute with its partners to rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts in these countries".

Thus far, France has delivered more than 60 tonnes of humanitarian aid and sent 100 emergency workers to Sri Lanka, and sent an additional 70 tonnes and 85 aid workers to Indonesia.

In Indonesia, the country hit hardest by the December 26 disaster, Paris will focus its efforts on Meulaboh, one of the cities closest to the epicenter of the deep-sea earthquake that sent deadly giant waves across the Indian Ocean.

A French field hospital should be up and running in the Meulaboh area by Thursday, Ladsous told reporters.

Aid from the French government, corporations and private individuals for the survivors of last week's tsunamis was expected to top EUR 100 million (USD 132.4 million), according to an AFP tally.

© AFP

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