December 14, 2005

Ex-President Bush to be UN envoy on Pakistan quake

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Former U.S. President George
Bush will be appointed special U.N. envoy for Pakistan
earthquake relief during a visit to the United Nations on
Thursday, U.N. officials said.

Bush, the father of the current president, had been working
with former President Bill Clinton to raise money for victims
of last December's Asian tsunami and the U.S. Gulf hurricane

Clinton, a Democrat who defeated Republican Bush in the
1992 presidential election, is the U.N. envoy for tsunami

The October 8 earthquake in Pakistan killed more than
73,000 people and left about 3 million homeless.

The international community has promised Pakistan more than
$6 billion in aid, with most of that earmarked for long-term
rehabilitation and reconstruction.

The United Nations is seeking $550 million for a six-month
relief operation, but so far donors have only given a fraction
of that amount.