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Antigua and Barbuda expresses condolences as cyclone hits Vanuatu

Published:Tuesday | March 17, 2015 | 3:00 AM

ST JOHN'S, CMC:

Antigua and Barbuda says it will co-sponsor any resolution at the United Nations to provide support for Vanuatu, battered by a tropical cyclone over the weekend.

Prime Minister Gaston Browne has written to President Baldwin Lonsdale indicating that the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country was saddened at the loss of lives and property caused by Tropical Cyclone Pam.

Browne said Caribbean countries have experienced similar fates as had befallen the Pacific country and that the "recovery period is always lengthy and international assistance is always required for small island-states like ours".

"For these reasons, I have instructed the delegation of Antigua and Barbuda at the United Nations to co-sponsor the resolution, which is sure to emanate there, authorising United Nations agencies to divert resources to Vanuatu, in order to address the massive human tragedy. My delegation will also assist in every way possible to ensure that recovery is forthcoming soonest," Prime Minister Browne said.