Oct 20, 2014 5:55 AM

EU seeking to find 1 billion euro fund for Ebola

The Associated Press

LUXEMBOURG (AP) 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.

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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