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Powell denies U.S.-UN rivalry in tsunami response

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  • Holy Uncle
    ***Sudahlah, makin disangkal makin keliatan belangnya. ***Pemerintah AS berjalan dalam keadaan defisit terus. Sumbangan2 pemerintahan AS duitnya adalah
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      ***Sudahlah, makin disangkal makin keliatan belangnya.

      ***Pemerintah AS berjalan dalam keadaan defisit terus. Sumbangan2
      pemerintahan AS duitnya adalah political donations dari swasta. Maka itu
      George Bush minta bantuan SBY menyelesaikan kasus Newmont, sebagai balas
      budi sumbangan duit dari Newmont.

      ***Humanitarian aid atau politic ? Buat apa ngebohong terus ? WMD di Irak ?


      Powell denies U.S.-UN rivalry in tsunami response

      By Irwin Arieff

      UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell has rejected
      that Washington has been trying to edge out the United Nations as leader of
      the international
      relief effort for the Indian Ocean tsunami.

      Powell, during a visit to U.N. headquarters for talks with Secretary-General
      Kofi Annan, also
      denied that President George W. Bush had just increased U.S. disaster aid to
      $350 million (180
      million pounds) from $35 million because he had been stung by criticism that
      wealthy nations
      were stingy.

      "This ten-fold increase is indicative of American generosity but it also is
      indicative of the need,"
      Powell told reporters when asked if the increase announced by Bush on Friday
      had been the
      result of a "bidding war."

      The announcement had been timed around completion of the necessary
      assessments and "not
      just that each day everybody was trying to play, 'Can you top this,'" Powell
      said. "The need is
      great, not just for immediate relief but for long-term."

      The United Nations said the death toll from Sunday's colossal sea surge may
      be approaching
      150,000 as the emergency relief operation struggled against debris-clogged
      harbours, power
      outages, washed-away roads and shattered towns from Indonesia to Somalia.

      The United States initially had committed $15 million, then raised its
      contribution to $35 million
      after U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland criticized rich nations
      such as the United
      States as "stingy" for cutting back on general aid funding even as the world
      economy was


      Bush on Wednesday dismissed suggestions that America was stingy as
      "misguided and
      ill-informed" and set off alarm bells in the relief community by announcing
      he had assembled a
      core group of Australia, India, Japan and the United States to coordinate
      the relief effort.

      The move prompted speculation that Bush hoped to supplant the United
      Nations, which has
      taken the lead in coordinating natural disaster relief for the past five

      But Powell said the group had been formed only because Washington saw a need
      for a
      coordination mechanism consisting of countries in the region "with assets,
      experience and
      capability that could be brought to bear right away."

      The group "might expand slightly but in due course we hope the core group
      will work itself out
      of business because we will have brought all of the international
      organizations into play under the
      overall supervision and leadership of the United Nations," Powell said.

      Egeland said the latest U.S. contribution brought total donations from
      around the world to more
      than $1.1 billion including cash and in-kind contributions.

      Washington's relations with the world body have been tense since the March
      2003 invasion of
      Iraq, which Annan opposed and the Security Council refused to authorize.

      But Powell, who has announced plans to leave the U.S. administration in
      early 2005, and
      Annan praised each other for their cooperation since the tsunami crisis and

      "Over the course of the last six days we have worked very closely with the
      and his staff," Powell told reporters after his talks with Annan.

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