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UN Official Backs Down: Rich Nations Not 'Stingy'

1 hour, 20 minutes ago Top Stories - Reuters


By Irwin Arieff

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The international response to a catastrophic tsunami in Asia has been quick and generous, a senior U.N. official said on Tuesday, playing down his earlier comments that wealthy nations were stingy.




U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland rowed back from statements he made on Monday after an annoyed Secretary of State Colin Powell (news - web sites) said Washington was "the greatest contributor to international relief efforts in the world."


"The United States is not stingy," Powell told CNN's "American Morning" program.


Egeland, a Norwegian, pleaded at a Monday news conference for individuals and governments around the world to respond generously to the humanitarian disaster created by the tsunami that struck a broad swath of southern Asia on Sunday.


Asked about the response of rich nations to such crises, he said: "It is beyond me why are we so stingy, really."


"If actually the foreign assistance of many countries now is 0.1 or 0.2 percent of their gross national income, I think that is stingy really. I don't think that is very generous," he said.


The United Nations (news - web sites) urged rich nations a quarter of a century ago to give away 0.7 percent of their gross domestic product every year in the form of development aid.


To date, however, just a handful of European nations, most of them in Scandinavia, actually meet that goal.


The United States, the world's largest economy, contributes about 0.13 a year of its GDP (news - web sites) to development aid. But that figure excludes aid to Iraq (news - web sites) and Afghanistan (news - web sites) as well as food aid, where the United States is the world's largest donor.


"We are busting our butts to help and comments like that don't reflect what we are doing," said a State Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity.


Egeland told reporters on Tuesday: "I've been misinterpreted when I yesterday said that I believed that rich countries in general can be more generous."


"It has nothing to do with any particular country or the response to this emergency. We are in early days and the response has so far been overwhelmingly positive," he said.


"The international assistance that has come and been pledged from the United States, from Europe and from countries in the region has also been very generous," Egeland added.


Countries have contributed or pledged tens of millions of dollars in the first few days after the disaster.


The United States provided an initial $15 million mostly channeled through the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, plus logistical support for aid efforts. On Tuesday, the U.S. Agency for International Development added $20 million for the earthquake relief, a White House spokesman said.

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HAHAHA

a little case of foot in the mouth ? :bird:

What do you think changed thier minds?
 

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Re: Un officials : rich nations not \" stingy\" ...

It sounds like only Mr. Egeland had his foot in his mouth, not the entire U.N. What made him change his mind was probably his boss telling him to think a bit before saying stupid shite that will likely piss people off.
 

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Fuhk them and everyone who looks like them. The feelings I have for the UN have grown from simple displeasure to almost white hot hatred.

Since when is Africa equal to anything, yet Kofi Annan wants to dictate. Putting a <font color="green"> EASY NOW... </font> in a fur coat does not make him a gorilla, you know.


<font color="green">Easy there, Tiger...

Scott </font> :808876-nono:
 

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Re: Un officials : rich nations not \" stingy\" ...

I'm no fan of Kofi's either but theres certainly no need for the "N" word. If you refer to Annan as a "******" then what does that make Colin Powell, Condi Rice, JC Watts, Bill Cosby, Michael Jordan, ect ect ect? I don't dislike Kofi because he's black or from Africa for the same reason I don't dislike Al Gore because he's white or from Tennessee.
 

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ENP83 said:
I'm no fan of Kofi's either but theres certainly no need for the "N" word. If you refer to Annan as a "******" then what does that make Colin Powell, Condi Rice, JC Watts, Bill Cosby, Michael Jordan, ect ect ect? I don't dislike Kofi because he's black or from Africa for the same reason I don't dislike Al Gore because he's white or from Tennessee.

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Apparently, the word "******" has been bastardized to where the real meaning of the word is lost on most people. They hear it and get a viceral reaction.

People are equal, this is true. People pull themselves by their own bootstraps, this is honorable. SOME people point to the fact that they are black and feel that being black gives them a pass. THESE are *******. See the difference.
 
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