Thursday, February 25, 2010

UNASUR pledge to 100 million in aid

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Feb 24 (AP) -- Chilean President Michelle Bachelet says a group of South American nations has committed to providing $100 million in aid for earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

She says the money from the 12-member Union of South American Nations is meant to help Haitian President Rene Preval get his government going in the aftermath of the Jan. 12 quake.

At a news conference late Tuesday in Trinidad's capital, Bachelet told reporters that Unasur will provide nearly half of the aid in about three weeks.

Bachelet made the brief comments during a stopover in Trinidad after a conference of 32 Latin American and Caribbean countries in Mexico where the Haiti aid was agreed upon.

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