Gunilla Carlsson

Sweden Pledges Aid To Burma

Sweden has pledged 74 million Kronor in additional emergency aid to Burma.

The money, around 12.6 million US dollars will help people worst hit by cyclone Nargis. In line with some other nations, Sweden’s aid is also conditional, depending on Burma’s generals keeping their promise to allow foreign aid workers access into the Irrawaddy Delta disaster zone.

The announcement was made by the Minister for International Development Co-operation, Gunilla Carlsson, who was one of 40 Nation representatives who attended the UN arranged donor conference in Burma at the weekend aimed at knocking down the barriers to international assistance.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon headed back Monday to New York, saying he hoped Myanmar’s military regime would honour its promise to open up cyclone-devastated areas of the country to foreign aid workers.

At least 78,000 burmese have so far died from the Cyclone which struck three weeks ago.

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