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US accepts international help for oil cleanup

world Updated: Jun 30, 2010 08:17 IST
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The US agreed on Tuesday to accept help from the dozens of nations and international groups that have for weeks offered their assistance to collect oil in the Gulf of Mexico, the State Department said.

The US said it will accept offers from 22 countries and 12 international bodies for containment booms to halt the spread of oil and skimmers to collect it from the water.

The details of which offers will be accepted and how the help will be delivered were still being worked out, but would include two high speed skimmers and fire containment booms from Japan, the State Department said.

Offers from 27 countries in Latin America, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East as well as the European Union, the International Maritime Organization and the United Nations were under consideration.

So far, the US had accepted help from just a handful of countries, including Mexico and Norway.