Caricom to provide flood relief to Haiti and Dominican Republic
"Caricom, for its part, will work through the Barbados-based Caribbean Disaster Emergency Relief Agency (CDERA) to contribute to the relief effort," the regional bloc said in a statement.
"We were indeed very saddened to hear about the situation in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and the secretariat has moved very quickly to ensure that a mechanism is put in place so that there is a coordinated Caricom response through CDERA," Deputy Caricom Secretary General Lolita Applewhaite told AFP.
Haiti is a Caricom member nation, but the Dominican Republic does not belong to the group.
Caricom and CDERA said the region's refusal to recognize the interim Haitian administration that took power after Jean Bertrand Aristide fled into exile would not affect Caricom's provision of disaster relief.
"Humanitarian assistance knows no political boundaries," said CDERA spokesman Terry Ally.
dc/ejp AFP 291452 GMT 05 04
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