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Friday, January 14, 2005

Indonesia cracks down on tsunami relief effort

Banda Aceh — Relief organizations said a new demand made by Indonesia on Thursday that foreign aid workers have army escorts in tsunami-stricken Aceh province will hamper aid delivery and blur the lines between the military and humanitarian efforts.

Rich creditor nations, meanwhile, offered a moratorium on payments on billions of dollars owed by tsunami-hit nations. Only Sri Lanka, Indonesia and the Seychelles said they planned to accept the Paris Club's proposal, while Thailand expressed concern that doing so would hurt its credit rating.

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