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'US Role In Lanka Can Be Through Consultation'

'We are not dogmatic on (refusing) foreign aid.... however, to couple it with the UNSC seat would be cynical.'

'US Role In Lanka Can Be Through Consultation'
T. Narayan
'US Role In Lanka Can Be Through Consultation'
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From the time giant tsunami waves lashed India, and New Delhi refused relief assistance from foreign governments, a debate has been brewing in the country. Did India turn down offers of help because, as an aspirant for a United Nations Security Council seat, it didn’t want to be seen as accepting aid? Would not the assistance that India was giving other countries be better utilised to address the abysmal levels of poverty at home? External affairs minister K. Natwar Singh clarifies India’s position to V. Sudarshan.

How much financial assistance has India provided to other countries that have been hit by the tsunami?
We have provided humanitarian assistance to Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Indonesia and Thailand. We are also now proposing to send relief to Seychelles. This assistance has been in the form of composite relief packages to the tune of Rs 100 crore for Sri Lanka, Rs 5 crore for the Maldives and smaller packages for Indonesia and Thailand. Our assistance has been through provision of emergency rations, medical supplies, hospital ships, search and...

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