[December 31, 2004 - 7.30 GMT]
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan cut short his Christmas holidays and returned yesterday to the UN Headquarters in New York and convened an emergency meeting to oversee UN tsunami relief operations.
Annan said that a ‘flash appeal’ would be made on January 6 to all governments with a capacity to contribute to the emergency and a second pledging conference on January 11. “Our appeal is not limited to any group of countries. We will be reaching out and pleading with everybody; governments -- and individuals,” the UN Secretary General said.
UN relief teams assisting Asia’s tsunami victims have appealed for an initial sum of $US130 million to jumpstart its relief efforts and said more would be required soon.
UN has already pledged $US70 million to Sri Lanka, $US40 million to
Indonesia and $US20 million to the Maldive islands.
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