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    SG/SM/10106
    AFR/1251
    19 September 2005

    Secretary-General Pleased by $5 Million Nigerian Donation to Tsunami Relief Fund

    NEW YORK, 17 September (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement is attributable to the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

    The Secretary-General was very pleased to receive this morning from President Olesegun Obasanjo of Nigeria a cheque for $5 million for the UN Tsunami Relief Fund.

    President Obasanjo told the Secretary-General that the money came from voluntary contributions from the Nigerian people.

    The Secretary-General feels that this donation from A developing country for the benefit of the many victims of last year's tsunami is a laudable example of international solidarity.

    He was also pleased to learn that the Nigerian Government had already donated $1 million towards relief for victims of Hurricane Katrina in the United States.

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