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Clinton assesses tsunami recovery

December 1, 2005

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— Former President Clinton promised survivors of last year's devastating tsunami on Wednesday that the international community will stand by them long after the tragedy fades from the media spotlight.

Touring Indonesia's hard-hit Aceh province as the United Nations envoy for tsunami relief, Clinton said there were sufficient funds to rebuild the region and survivors shouldn't worry that other disasters will divert vital international attention.

"We will not leave any area behind here," he said, adding that the money pledged so far was "actually greater than what will be needed to accomplish the full rehabilitation of Aceh."

Clinton stopped briefly at a mass grave believed to contain thousands of bodies, bowed his head in prayer and then headed to a crowded refugee camp in the flattened village of Kahju, just outside Banda Aceh, the provincial capital.

The Dec. 26 tsunami left at least 216,000 people dead or missing in 11 countries.

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