October 20, 2014 7:14 am

EU foreign ministers working toward 1 billion euro fund to fight Ebola

The Foreign Minister of Britain, Philip Hammond addresses the media during a joint press conference with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier after a meeting in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014.

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LUXEMBOURG  – European Union nations are working to find 1 billion euros to help fight Ebola in West Africa and seeking a common approach in dealing with the disease outbreak.

EU foreign ministers on Monday opened a week of talks so that their 28 leaders can agree by Friday on a package of measures which should include anything from financial aid to common repatriation procedures, treatment facilities on site and training for health workers.

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British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said that the billion-euro fund was needed as soon as possible because “we’ve got a very short window to get on top of it and prevent the uncontrollable spread of the disease.”

The Netherlands said it was preparing to send a frigate to the area to help out.


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