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President says stricken Haiti cannot cope with aid


Agence France-Presse
First Posted 17:17:00 01/20/2010

Filed Under: Diplomacy, Disasters (general), Foreign Aid, Earthquake

PARIS - Haiti's President Rene Preval said emergency teams faced difficulties coordinating the huge deliveries of aid reaching his quake-stricken country, in comments to French radio on Wednesday.

Help came "very fast," but "the problem now is coordination. Aid is arriving and we are not prepared to receive it," he told the RFI station.

"When it arrives, the question is: where are the trucks to transport it, where are the depots?" he said.

The magnitude 7.0 earthquake devastated the country on January 12. Some officials have estimated up to 200,000 dead.

"The aid is going to keep growing. It is the coordination of the aid, knowing how much, when and how to distribute it, that is important," he said.

He said he hoped international aid would continue to support Haiti "in the medium and long term," while "political stability and democracy are the fundamental conditions to developing the country."

Preval took power in 2004 after former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide was forced out in a revolt.



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