SOUTH KOREA GIVES $70,000 TO SOLOMONS RECOVERY

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, April 17) - Minister for Foreign Affairs Patteson Oti has assured aid donors that their funds will be properly accounted for by the Solomon Islands government.

Mr. Oti made the assurance when receiving US$70,000 from the Ambassador of Korea Sang Yun Park yesterday in Honiara.

Oti said they would ensure that any contribution from all parts of the world be accounted for and go towards the purposes they have been given.

He assured Mr. Park that all stakeholders in the tsunami effort would be informed of how their monies have been used for the purpose.

Oti said the money would go towards addressing many problems that have risen as a result of the earthquake and tsunami.

Ambassador Park said the government and the people of the Republic of Korea are shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic loss of lives, suffering of victims and destruction to property by the April 2 tsunami.

He said they extend their heart-felt sympathy and condolences to the families who lost loved ones and properties.

Mr. Park said: "It’s at times like this that the international community stands together to alleviate the aftermath of such a natural disaster."

Korea is the latest to assist as international aid continues to flow into the country from the region.

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare is currently visiting the tsunami-hit provinces of Western and Choiseul.

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