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07 Oct 2009 description

Press release 258/2009

Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Paavo Väyrynen has decided to grant EUR 300,000 of humanitarian assistance through the Finnish Red Cross due to the earthquake in Sumatra.

An earthquake on 30 September near the town of Padang in Western Sumatra, Indonesia, killed at least 1,100 people and injured some 3,000 more. The dwellings of more than 400,000 people suffered serious damage. 22 international rescue groups have participated in the rescue and clearing work.

21 Jan 2006 description

The Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia, Mr Jusuf Kalla, with his delegation met with the leadership of the Free Aceh Movement while on a visit to Finland. President Ahtisaari hosted the meeting, which took place on 21 January in Königstedt outside Helsinki.

The meeting gave the parties an opportunity to evaluate the success of the implementation of the Aceh peace agreement so far and to discuss future challenges.

10 Aug 2005 description

The first twelve Finnish experts are leaving today to Aceh to join the vanguard of the EU and Asean representatives preparing for the peace monitoring operation that is due to start on 15 September.

The mutual agreement between the Indonesian government and the Free Aceh Movement GAM commiting the parties to the peace process is scheduled to be signed in Helsinki on 15 August. The parties have asked the European Union to observe the fullfillment of the treaty. It will be a civil crisis management operation, which is participated mainly by the EU member states and five Asean countries.

31 May 2005 description

"All problems in Aceh cannot be solved without a peace agreement, even if the parties had the will to do so. That is why we are in a hurry to reach an agreement," President Martti Ahtisaari said after the fourth round of peace negotiations between the Indonesian government and Free Aceh Movement (GAM) on 31 May. There is now some hope for an agreement.

23 Feb 2005 description

Discussions between the Government of Indonesia and the Free Aceh Movement were carried out in a constructive manner, said President Martti Ahtisaari, the peace talk mediator, on Wednesday after the parties had concluded their second round of talks in Finland. Peace talks over the Aceh conflict were resumed by Ahtisaari in January after a 20-month freeze.

The next round will take place in April at Ahtisaari's proposal. By skipping March the parties will have more time for a thorough analysis of the situation.

29 Jan 2005 description

The aim of the negotiations between the Indonesian government and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM), held in Helsinki 27-29 January, has been to create trust between the Indonesian government and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM), and to identify the basis and framework for further negotiations, President Martti Ahtisaari told a news conference Saturday. "I would be very disappointed if the negotiations were not to continue," he said.

28 Jan 2005 description

Government of Finland MINISTRY FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS Unit for Internal Inspection


Based on a decision by the Minister for Foreign Affairs on 10th January 2005, an internal report has been made on the measures taken by the Foreign Service in connection with the crisis in South East Asia. The report was completed in three weeks and was available on 28th January 2005.

07 Jan 2005 description

Finland will increase its assistance to the regions hit by the tsunami disaster in Asia. The pledge for humanitarian assistance has been increased from the earlier announced 12 million to 20 million euros altogether. The eight-million increase in humanitarian assistance will be covered by the government's supplementary budget. In addition to humanitarian assistance, Finland will provide 30 million euros for reconstruction in 2005-2007 targeted mainly for Indonesia and Sri Lanka.

03 Jan 2005 description

Now that the evacuation of Finns has come to an end, the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs is concentrating on providing support for identification of the deceased and seeking missing persons, said Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja at the Government's press conference on Monday.

According to the information available today, 183 Finns are missing and the bodies of an additional 14 Finns have been initially identified. Moreover, the Ministry will participate in international cooperation and in providing humanitarian aid to the crisis areas.

31 Dec 2004 description

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs Grants Two Million Euros in Additional Support to Tsunami Victims in Asia

Press Release 309/2004

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs has granted an additional two million Euros through the Finnish Red Cross in humanitarian aid to the victims of the tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia. The funds will be used to support the national Red Cross and Red Crescent organisations in the disaster area.

31 Dec 2004 description

Press Release 302/2004

The Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs has today granted an additional 2 million euros in aid for victims of the tsunami catastrophe. The assistance is being channelled through the World Food Programme (WFP; 1 million euros), Unicef (500,000 euros) and the World Health Organization (WHO; 500,000 euros).