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#4692: Japan suspends aid to Haiti (fwd)
Monday, 24 July, 2000, 21:16 GMT 22:16 UK
Japan suspends aid to Haiti BBC NEWS
Japan has announced that it has frozen its bi-lateral aid to Haiti
pending security guarantees to its aid workers. The Japanese Charge
d'Affaires in Port-au-Prince, Hisanobu Hasama said that Japan had frozen
some twenty-six million dollars in aid, this year and next year.
Mr Hasama told the French news agency, AFP, that the freeze was the
result of a report last month that a cargo of vaccines from France
was held up at Port-au-Prince international airport because of riots in
the capital following legislative elections. He said that a further
shipment of supplies scheduled for September would depend on security.
Japanese aid to Haiti amounts to between twelve and fifteen million
dollars a year, mainly in health and food supplies. Japan is the first
country to freeze aid to Haiti after international observers refused to
declare that the elections, in May, had been free and fair. The United
States, the European Union and Canada have threatened to suspend
economic aid if Haiti does not recount the votes.