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The Tribune – CARICOM answers criticism

January 25, 2010

Mr Carrington said Caricom was engaged in relief efforts from day one, despite criticism of a slow response, with a team from Jamaica landing in Haiti on day two of the quake aftermath.

Haiti Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive, speaking to the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC), which is a part of Caricom’s Tactical Mission to Haiti, said: “We are indeed grateful for the quick response of the Caricom leaders to our plight. We count on our friends of the Caricom to be our ambassadors, to help us convince the world that we need strong help.”

Secretary-General Carrington said the scale of assistance provided by Caricom would have to be matched against the capacity of the community.

To provide some perspective, he pointed to the population of combined states in the community, excluding Haiti, as six million, whereas the population of Haiti alone is nine million.

While commending Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham on his actions to provide temporary status to Haitians detained in the detention centre, Mr Carrington said the general mood of regional leaders is sympathetic towards the idea of accepting Haitian nationals for protected status, provided quantities are determined and the appropriate guidelines are established for each country.

via The Tribune.

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