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Haiti Earthquake: Brazil committed 100 million dollars today to help Haiti with recovery efforts

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Published on Feb 25, 2010

United Nations, Haiti, 25 February 2010 - (For English translation see below)
Brazilian President, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva committed 100 million dollars today (25 February) to help Haiti with its recovery and reconstruction effort following the earthquake that devastated the Caribbean island nation on 12 January.

In the course of the Brazilian leaders one day visit, his Haitian counterpart, President René Préval emphasized the urgent need of shelters as the rainy season approaches.

SOUNDBITE (French) René Préval, President of Haiti:
Mister President, you just took a helicopter tour of Port au Prince. The priority for now is to give a decent lodging to the hundreds thousands of people living in the street; particularly as the rainy season approaches.

Lula reaffirmed Brazil's commitment to help Haiti recover and its support for the government.

SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, President of Brazil:
The Brazilian government is ready to do everything which lies in our capacity and more important, to do it together with the Haitian government, because it is important to reinforce the Haitian government.

At a ceremony held at the United Nations compound of the Brazilian peacekeeper contingent, four axis of bilateral cooperation were agreed upon, ranging from educational assistance to agricultural and hydroelectrical programs.

The Brazilian President and the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Haiti, Edmond Mulet observed a colorful military parade by Brazilian peacekeepers.

Brazil is the largest United Nations troop contributor in Haiti with two more battalions expected to arrive by 15 March, and has in recent years sponsored a series of projects and initiatives intended to nurture development.

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