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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 72

Bush senior is UN envoy for Pak quake rehabilitation

[b]Bush senior is UN envoy for Pak quake rehabilitation[/b]

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai - Reporting from Islamabad

[b]Islamabad, 16 December ( [/b]Former US President George Bush Senior has been appointed United Nations Special Envoy for Rehabilitation, Relief and Reconstruction of the earthquake affected areas of Pakistan.

The UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan telephoned President General Pervez Musharraf and informed him of the appointment of the Special Envoy.

Mr. Kofi Annan also discussed with the President rehabilitation, relief and reconstruction work being carried out in the earthquake hit areas of the NWFP and Azad Kashmir.

The father of the current US president, Bush senior was working with former US president Bill Clinton to raise money for victims of last December's Indian Ocean tsunami.

Bush's appointment comes as the UN renewed the call for more funds to help the survivors facing extremely inhospitable conditions in quake-hit areas, currently in the grip of severe cold weather.

Most of the survivors are living in tents or temporary shelters in sub-zero temperatures and the UN says it urgently needs millions of dollars to protect them from the extreme cold.

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