Clinton Suggests Conditions On Pakistan Flood Relief

"(ONLINE.WSJ)
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suggested European Union leaders should follow the U.S. and withhold further flood-relief funding from Pakistan until Islamabad shows it is doing more to fight corruption and collect tax revenue from its wealthiest citizens.

After meeting with Catherine Ashton, the EU's high representative, Mrs. Clinton praised recent EU aid efforts but added, ""the international community can only do so much."" It is unacceptable, she said, ""for those with means in Pakistan not to be doing their fair share to help their own people.""

Mrs. Clinton's comments came a day before a conference of EU ministers in Brussels to address Pakistan's flood-relief needs.

The World Bank on Thurday tagged the estimated damage from the July floods at $9.7 billion. The torrential rains, which covered a fifth of the country and killed 2,000 people, knocked down bridges, destroyed homes and submerged farmland. Pakistan has received $1.5 billion in relief so far.

At this point, the EU has contributed around $500 million while the U.S. has given roughly $400 million. Additionally, the EU has waived duties for up to three years on 75 categories of imports, mainly textiles and clothing. The move has prompted criticism from European textile companies already under pressure from Chinese imports."