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"If we don't do more to help then we're making the problems worse"

Foreign Secretary William Hague explains why the International community needs to do more to help Pakistan.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

In an interview with ITV News at 10 the Foreign Secretary William Hague explained that more help was needed for humanitarian reasons, but also for the security of Britain and the West.

“Extremists can move in to a vacuum that if Governments don’t show that they can do something to help those people then other people will move in there and start to win their confidence.”

“If we don’t do more to help then we’re making the problems worse. Then we are making the potential threat that has sometimes come out of Pakistan in the past, we’re potentially making that worse.”

The UK Government has so far earmarked £64 million to the floods and brought forward a £10 million pound bridge project. The UK public have contributed £40 million to the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal. The Foreign Secretary has said that the UK is leading the way and that other EU nations have to do more:

“It’s in their vital interest as well that Pakistan is a stable society and a more successful economy than it has been in recent years.”

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Published 10 September 2010