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27 Oct 2005 description
report European Union

EU leaders meeting at Hampton Court today expressed their sympathy and solidarity for all those affected by the South Asian earthquake. The EU is committed to supporting the UN's renewed appeal for assistance to help with the ongoing tragedy as winter approaches.

The EU and its Member States have pledged over €200m and Member States have also contributed helicopters, aircraft and engineers to the international relief effort. We stand ready to do more.

18 Oct 2005 description
report European Union

Luxembourg, 18 October 2005

The Council adopted the following conclusions:

"The European Union reiterated its sincere condolences, sympathy and solidarity to all those affected by the earthquake that struck South Asia on 8 October. The European Union remains committed to responding generously to the disaster.

The Council welcomed the swift response by the European Commission, which has now committed a total of €13.6m in humanitarian assistance, and by Member States who have committed a further €60m.