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S T A T E M E N T BY T H E HON. N I G E L B O W E N , M I N I S T E R FOR F O R E I G N A F F A I R S

A I D FOR FIJI. A N D .E LL I CE ISLANDS-

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c a n i n a l l e v i a t i n g t h e e f f e c t s o f t h i s d i s a s t e r . As an

i m m e d i a t e s t e p t h e G o v e r n m e n t h a s a l l o c a t e d a g r a n t of

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