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Saturday, January 15, 2005

Time for tsunami relief efforts in Aceh to move to next phase: Minister Teo



SINGAPORE: Singapore's Defence Minister Teo Chee Hean has said it's time for relief efforts in Aceh to move from emergency relief phase to the reconstruction phase.

Speaking at an event to send off Red Cross volunteers on board the RSS Endurance to tsunami-hit Meulaboh, he noted that the Singapore Armed Forces has been in the area since the very beginning and being involved in a variety of things.

Minister Teo noted that the most important thing was that Singapore was able to get in there when nobody else was able to get in immediately after the disaster.

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