COOK ISLANDS RECEIVES DISASTER RELIEF CONTRIBUTIONS FROM MARSHALL ISLANDS AND NIUE

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MEDIA RELEASE GOVERNMENT OF THE COOK ISLANDS

January 5, 1998

Prime Minister Hon. Sir Geoffrey Henry, KBE has reported the receipt of two large contributions to disaster relief in the amounts of $2,500 and $15,000 from the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Government of Niue respectively.

The Prime Minister said, "The President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Honorable Imata Kabua, and the Premier of the Government of Niue, Honorable Frank Lui, have each written to express their concern and that of the people of both nations for those Cook Islanders who have suffered from Cyclone Martin."

In his letter, President Kabua said, "It is our sincere hope that this small token may somehow contribute towards your national effort to rebuild and to restore the damage caused to your beautiful country."

In the second letter, Premier Lui said that the $15,000 was "made up through public donations and topped up by Government to put towards your disaster relief work." He added, "I am very pleased with the response from my people which, in effect, reflects the close ties and relationship between our people and two countries."

Both Leaders emphasized in their letters to Sir Geoffrey that they and their people continue to pray for the comfort of those who suffered losses and for speedy recovery of the infrastructure relief work.

In his response, Prime Minister Henry said, "If there is good news to be found in this entire event and its aftermath, it is in two matters. The pearl oyster farms and their crops came through unscathed, thereby offering the promise of economic recovery. This promise plus that indomitable spirit so often exhibited by Pacific Island people over the centuries has combined to make most Manihikians want to return soon and to rebuild. The Disaster Management Fund and supplemental funds for similar purpose will help them to realise that hope."

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