Tsunami aid cruise ship being prepared

A meeting between the government and charities yesterday sought to coordinate the next stage of the Greek relief effort for tsunami victims in southern Asia, which consists of a cruise liner carrying over 800 tons of aid. The ship, which is being donated by Majestic Cruises for two months, is due to set sail on January 16 and will carry the aid to the disaster zone along with 50 to 100 medical personnel so that it can serve as a floating hospital when it docks in northeastern Sri Lanka. Deputy Foreign Minister Evripidis Stylianidis met with representatives of non-governmental organizations to iron out the details of the mission and is set to hold another round of talks today. Meanwhile, the Education Ministry has set up a scheme to house 150 children from the countries hit by the Boxing Day tidal waves in the National Youth Foundation’s halls of residence for two months.