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The Paris Club group of creditors will examine a debt moratorium for Indonesia and Sri Lanka, the two countries hardest hit by a tsunami in southern Asia, when it meets on Jan. 12, French Finance Minister Herve Gaymard said. The Paris Club group of creditors will examine a debt moratorium for Indonesia and Sri Lanka, the two countries hardest hit by a tsunami in southern Asia, when it meets on Jan. 12, French Finance Minister Herve Gaymard said. “The Paris Club is meeting on Jan. 12 and will work on the two countries most affected, Indonesia and Sri Lanka,” Gaymard told the daily newspaper Le Figaro in an interview published on Tuesday.

French President Jacques Chirac last week backed a moratorium on debt owed to leading creditor nations by countries hit by the disaster, which devastated Indian Ocean coastal areas, killing at least 145,000 people.

Gaymard said France has forwarded its proposal to other European countries and members of the G7 group of industrialised countries.

“The responses are encouraging, but we want positive replies to reach us as rapidly as possible,” he was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

The Paris Club will collect data from lenders to establish the total amount owed by the count