(TO PRESIDENT ROLAND DAHLMAN)
OFFICE OF THE SWEDISH GOVERNMENT
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Stockholm, January 14, 2005
Consul General Roland Dahlman
Avenue de Tervuren 246
Dear Roland Dahlman,
Thank you for your letter.
The Asian tsunami, the worst natural disaster in modern times, of course affect us deeply. The endless suffering and the enormous loss of lives it has created for the people struck is hard to fathom. For us Swedes, the tragedy became a terrible reminder of our vulnerability in an internationalised world. Still three weeks after these abominations on the Asian shores, several hundred Swedish tourists are missing. More than fifty victims have been identified. We have to prepare ourselves that many more confirmations of victims are to be expected.
But hardest struck are anyhow the citizens that are residents of the areas hit by the catastrophe. Sweden has already made several contributions to ameliorate the immediate need in several places there. The target is to contribute much more in the ensuing reconstruction work.
For the Swedish Foreign Office, it has since long been self-evident to use our close to 400 honorary consuls as means of support both in their consular work and as local contact bridges for development work. The honorary consuls are a valuable resource for our embassies in many fields of their activities.
I would appreciate it if this positive view of the role of the consuls came to a full expression at the time of FICAC’s Executive Committee meeting in Accra this month.
/ Signed /