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Asked if anyone from the British Government was planning a visit to the areas affected by last week’s earthquake, the PMOS said that DFID and the FCO were leading on this. The important point at this stage was that we sent a search and rescue team over to the area immediately, who were able to save nine lives so far. The next important thing was to send supplies of tents, tarpaulins and other equipment across swiftly. A visit would only happen if it was deemed appropriate.

Put to the PMOS that after the tsunami, a special summit of ministers was set up in order to help, and was there going to be something similar set up for the earthquake, the PMOS replied that what was proposed was that the UN developed a special emergency fund and response that was set in place to respond more quickly to these sorts of catastrophes. It was discussed at Cabinet this morning how we could ensure that happened as fast as possible, and that was one of the ideas we had been pushing internationally and there was a resonance for that.

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