Sun, Jan 02, 2005 - Page 6 News List

Aussie prime minister to attend tsunami summit


Australian Prime Minister John Howard said yesterday that he would attend an international conference on the Asian tsunamis to be held in Jakarta next week.

Howard said Thursday's summit would draw together regional and world leaders to discuss a coordinated response to the tragedy.

It will "discuss ways of further enhancing the aid effort, coordinating the aid already offered and making sure the response is appropriate in the medium and longer term," Howard said.

Australia's confirmed death toll stands at 11, with authorities expressing grave concerns for the 111 missing. Another 1,000 Australians in affected areas were still unaccounted for.

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