Tuesday, May 20, 2008

for humanitarian contingency efforts .

Responsibility to Protect (R2P)
“The idea that sovereign states have responsibility to protect their own citizens from avoidable catastrophe, but that when they are unwilling or unable to do so, that responsibility must be borne by the broader community of states.”
-International Commission on Intervention and Sovereign States (ICISS).

--Four U.S. navy ships including USS Essex and USS Mustin loaded with food and water are a short distance from Irrawaddy delta where 2.5 million people have been in hunger for two weeks since May 2 cyclone.
--Britain dispatched HMS Westminster, which is now stationed 12 miles away off Burma’s coast for humanitarian contingency efforts .
--France also has an amphibious ship, Mistral, nearby

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