UK and US resist aid 'bidding war'




 
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Boots
 
January 7th, 2005  
DTop
 
 

Topic: UK and US resist aid 'bidding war'


Here's an interesting item I thought I'd share.

UK and US resist aid 'bidding war'
7 January 2005

Britain and the United States are resisting calls to offer millions more in immediate aid to the devastated Indian Ocean region, despite UN demands for an "unprecedented global response" to the disaster.

Both countries claimed they would not be drawn into a relief "bidding war".

It followed an emergency summit of global politicians in the Indonesian capital Jakarta, attended by Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, to decide how 2.2 billion of international aid already pledged can most wisely be used.

With workers on the ground warning that co-ordination of relief is failing in parts of Indonesia, the World Health Organisation said that without prompt action infectious diseases could kill as many as 150,000 people.

UN secretary-general Kofi Annan called for an urgent increase in aid and told delegates the final death toll of the Boxing Day earthquake and tsunami may never be known.

"Whole communities have disappeared. Millions in Asia, Africa, and even in faraway countries, are suffering unimaginable trauma and psychological wounds that will take a long time to heal," he said.

Despite his plea, both Mr Straw and US Secretary of State Colin Powell have urged caution and claimed that simply promising cash is the "easy part".

Mr Straw said promises of money must first materialise and second, be properly spent.

He added: "It is precisely because ours always do that we have been unwilling to get involved in a bidding war with other nations who may be able to make, as it were, better headlines, but who everybody knows are good at the headline figure but not so good at actually paying out the money on time or at all."

US Secretary of State Colin Powell said his government is taking a wait-and-see attitude before pledging more cash to tsunami relief. He said: "I think it's prudent to be careful with respect to these numbers. These are not insignificant numbers."


http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/a...i?source=&ct=5
January 7th, 2005  
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I agree that the money has to be spent strategically and that this shouldn't turn into a pissing contest. I didn't like the fact that the Marines were sent to help with it at first but then after i thought about it why the hell not? It is a brotherhood afterall! And all this cash is going into that poverty stricken region someone should be there in case all hell breaks loose. Cause if ppl start loosing their minds it could get real ugly real quick!
Not to mention the UN is in charge now... whether that is good or bad remains to be seen!
January 7th, 2005  
Anya1982
 
 
I can understand why UK won't give more money as we simply can't afford it, but we do have a lot of our disaster relief trained military out there.

On other hand ithas been said on a TV programme that USA has not even given south east asia a QTR of what it gave one of its states last yr. Think US gov gave an american state 75million for use.............yet more money is spent on the iraq war.

Kinda puts in to perspective what is more important..............

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/talking_point/4145359.stm

I strongly agree that the world has pulled together to help South East asia, yet why do we fight over inmoral things when there is more to life??
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Boots
January 7th, 2005  
Locke
 
 
we are haivng reports here of heaps and heaps of people applying for jobs at aid agencies and they are having to turn people away because there are just too many, and they all want to go overseas to help but its not practical
January 7th, 2005  
Anya1982
 
 

Topic: say what


Its good that people are pulling together but its a shame that it takes a qtr of a continents population to die before people do so..................

Think about it
January 7th, 2005  
DTop
 
 
The important thing is that people care enough about complete strangers to volunteer their time and money to help their fellow human beings...........




Think about it.
January 7th, 2005  
Locke
 
 
agreed
there was this massive stink kicked up by people at new years eve there were HEAPS of angry letters sent to newspapers about how dare the government waste all this money on fireworks when it could be used far more productively by being sent to tsunami victims.
while i do agree with them i think that the point stands that there are always worthy recipents, to me i i think its a pity that its only when such a widespread disaster that people actually stop to think about how money might be put to better use
January 7th, 2005  
DTop
 
 
I guess it's all a matter of how you look at it. I prefer to see the good side of human nature whenever possible.
January 7th, 2005  
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i see where they are coming from but i question there timing... where were they last year and the year before asking about the fireworks? i think that while this is a Horrible thing that happened too many cooks spoil the stew and the rest of us must help when needed but go on with our lives and let the ppl doing the job do it to the best of their abilities and the rest of us not meddle with them completing their mission!
January 7th, 2005  
Redneck
 
 

Topic: Re: UK and US resist aid 'bidding war'


Quote:
Originally Posted by DTop
Mr Straw said promises of money must first materialise and second, be properly spent.

He added: "It is precisely because ours always do that we have been unwilling to get involved in a bidding war with other nations who may be able to make, as it were, better headlines, but who everybody knows are good at the headline figure but not so good at actually paying out the money on time or at all."


http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/a...i?source=&ct=5