OAS RESPONDS TO
FLOODS IN HAITI
The Organization of American States
today made a $20,000 contribution to help with recovery efforts after
deadly floods lashed Haiti this past week, killing more than 20 people.
The donation was made from the Organization's Inter-American Emergency
Aid Fund (FONDEM).
Presenting the check, OAS Assistant
Secretary General, Ambassador Luigi Einaudi, said the amount was small
but symbolized the Organization's solidarity with the people of Haiti.
He noted that Haiti is a founding OAS member and that the OAS is
actively working to help resolve problems stemming from the May 21, 2000
Ambassador Raymond Valcin accepted on
his government's behalf, thanking the OAS. He said the government and
people of Haiti accept this contribution as "a huge expression of
the OAS' commitment to continue supporting the Haitian people in
strengthening the democratic process in that country." Ambassador
Valcin said "There is no price for such support," particularly
at a time of suffering.