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US rates its tsunami aid 'core group' a success
WASHINGTON (AFP) Jan 07, 2005
The United States said Thursday the "core group" of nations it formed to expedite aid for victims of the Asian tsunami disaster notched up key successes and served a "timely purpose."

Washington said it was in the process of dissolving the coalition and that its work was now being folded into the UN-led relief effort in the region.

"We think the core group served a useful and timely purpose and now the focus is turning to a UN-coordinated effort, which we welcome and we certainly look forward to pursuing in Geneva in the week ahead," deputy State Department spokesman Adam Ereli told reporters.

He cited several "successes" the group had achieved, including the establishment of a logistics base at Utapao in Thailand.

Secretary of State Colin Powell announced the disbanding of the core group -- the United States, India, Japan and Australia -- earlier Thursday.

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