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NEWS: US dissolves tsunami aid "core group", agrees to work under UN

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posted on Jan, 7 2005 @ 01:53 AM
The United States is set to dissolve the tsunami disaster group it formed to deal with distributing aid to the effected nations. The group would continue to work under the auspices of the United Nations. In a statement made to the press, Secretary of State Colin Powell, stated that the initial group had served its purpose to catalyze the international response.
JAKARTA (AFP) - The United States is to dissolve the "core group" of nations it formed to expedite aid for victims of the Asian tsunami disaster and would work under the United Nations.

Secretary of State Colin Powell also told an international conference the United States would likely increase its commitment of aid but announced no new figure beyond the current 350 million dollar pledge.

Powell moved to end any lingering confusion from the US move last week to form a core group with India, Japan and Australia to expedite relief efforts after the mammoth earthquake and tsunamis that killed some 150,000 people.

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Given the large amount of money involved I am very reluctant to have the U.N. administer it. Over watch of them is necessary if we are to avoid another oil for food debacle. The coalition between the U.S., Japan, Australia, and others had pledged over 1.5 billion between them and I would hate to see that money get eaten up in the inefficient U.N. bureaucracy.

posted on Jan, 7 2005 @ 02:05 AM
The recent $800 million aid deal given by Australia to Indonesia was organized bilaterallly, so I can't see why other nations can't do the same. Why not just give the money straight to the needy nations. And if those nations have trouble distributing it, then they could ask for the UN to step-in. This may be the arrangement already
Otherwise nations are simply donating money to the UN, not the affected nations, and hoping the UN will distribute it properly.

posted on Jan, 7 2005 @ 02:07 AM
I'll echo those sentiments. With all the money that's been given there's more than a little room for some sticky-fingered bureaucrats to dip into the pot or misuse the funds. The outpouring of generosity was wonderful, but in this case it's more than the thought that counts.

posted on Jan, 7 2005 @ 02:14 AM
Oh criminy.
Don't let Kofi near any of that money.

posted on Jan, 7 2005 @ 02:23 AM

Originally posted by Banshee
Oh criminy.
Don't let Kofi near any of that money.

Or his son for that matter

posted on Jan, 7 2005 @ 03:08 AM
While I see the USA allowing our contributions to now fall under the UN's "jurisdiction", I wouldnt think for a second that the current coalition of nations will give up control within the UN of this process. The coalition is mearly draping themselves in the UN flag to further gain good will from nations currently not very pleased with USA/coalition activities elsewhere.
Im fine with the UN serving this fashion, as long as the preexisting coalition of aid countries stays the lead ones involved instead of just handing over the money to an internal and questionably credible group.

posted on Jan, 7 2005 @ 03:44 AM
This is insane. Why in the hell would the U.S. give another cent to that crooked organization? Let our military do the work along with the private charities.

US out of UN. UN out of US!

posted on Jan, 7 2005 @ 03:53 AM
I'd feel better with the US and Japan, Canada, etc., having their own coalition to deal with this. I've an extreme distrust of the UN, and don't see it to be necessary that the funds, etc., be distributed by the UN.

Just my opinion.

posted on Jan, 7 2005 @ 04:22 AM
Maybe this initial Burst off the starting line by the US and the core group, was nothing more than a lesson on "How to get something done".

A lesson for the UN, that is.
The world could not wait this time.

Look you bums, THIS is how you respond to these situations. This is
your LAST lesson.

This is the big one, Screw it up, game over

PS. We're watching the money this time

posted on Jan, 7 2005 @ 08:41 AM

The money will disappear and what does get done will
be too little, too late.

Oh ... and those crime infested UN refugee camps will,
as always, become havens for child pornographers and
kidnappers of children to make them into prostitutes.

Let's hope the poor survivors of the tsunami can survive
the 'good will' (incompetence & criminality) of the U.N.

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