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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corp Jan. 4) – The Solomon Islands Government has appointed a committee to look at ways of assisting Asian Tsunami victims.

A 16-member Asian Tsunami Support Committee met for the first time today.

The Government Communication Unit says the committee is made up of people from Government, Non-government, Civil Society and Government Statutory Authorities.

The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat recently approved grant assistance totaling SI$80,000 (US$10,896) to the Forum Dialogue Partners directly affected by the devastating Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami - India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.

Solomon Islands is a member of the 16-member nation Forum Secretariat in the Pacific.

East Timor, a small poor country, has contributed about US$400,000 towards the emergency fund and Japan about JPY$4 billion (US$38,955,980).

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, plans to launch a "major appeal" this week at an emergency summit of world leaders in Jakarta, Indonesia.

January 5, 2005

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