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OAS Secretary General For Haiti

CaribWorldNews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Tues. Jan. 26, 2010: Secretary General of the Organization of American States, José Miguel Insulza, is set to travel to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, today.

According to an OAS statement, the SG will `personally assess the damage caused by the devastating earthquake of January 12 and see for himself the emergency and rescue efforts provided to the victims.`

During his stay, he is also expected to  meet with the President of Haiti, René Preval, and Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive, among other authorities.

His visit comes as the OAS said it has pitched in some $170 million in financial and humanitarian assistance to date. CARICOM nations, Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago have donated US$1 million, respectively, while St. Lucia has pitched in $500,000 and Antigua and Barbuda, $38,000. 

Other CARICOM nations has donated in kind support, especially Jamaica, which is now the coordinating centre for CARICOM donations, emergency personnel, medical facilities. Air Jamaica has provided flights to transport troops and medical personnel to Haiti while the Bruce Golding government has offered the Norman Manley Airport as a holding area for aircraft while they await clearance for landing at the Port-au-Prince airport