French navy ships sent to aid Indonesia

4th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Jan 3 (AFP) - France said Monday that two navy ships it was sending to Indonesia would arrive in that disaster-hit country January 10 with helicopters, military engineers and food and water.

PARIS, Jan 3 (AFP) - France said Monday that two navy ships it was sending to Indonesia would arrive in that disaster-hit country January 10 with helicopters, military engineers and food and water.

The Jeanne d'Arc, a ship carrying six helicopters and two units of engineers, and the Georges Leygues, a frigate, were to leave Djibouti Tuesday, the defence ministry said.

The Jeanne d'Arc was transporting 6,000 food rations, 800 tonnes of water and water treatment equipment, five tonnes of medicine and field medical posts, it said.

"The mission's destination in northern Indonesia, probably Sumatra," said Colonel Gerard Dubois, a spokesman for defence forces' chief-of-staff.

He added that the military aid would be coordinated with that already offered in the region by the United States, Australia, and other countries.

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