SINGAPORE, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- More heads of states will attend the Jakarta meeting Thursday to discuss coordination of relief efforts for the Indian Ocean tsunami tragedy.
The meeting was proposed by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong after a magnitude-9.0 earthquake triggered giant waves that swamped countries on December 26, over 125,000 of people.
Singaporean officials said Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, President Gloria Arroyo of the Philippines, and prime ministers Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka, Hun Sen of Cambodia, Lee Hae-chan of South Korea and Helen Clark of New Zealand would attend, the Straits Times reported Monday.
Singapore officials said United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso will also attend.
Travelling to hard-hit Phuket yesterday, Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra told reporters he had to wait and see if he could be in Jakarta.
A suggestion expected to be tabled is for a tsunami early warning system in the Indian Ocean, similar to that in the Pacific.