"Tragedy has yet again hit the already
suffering Haitian people, this time in the form of a violent earthquake.
Our thoughts are with the victims. It is at such times that people, governments
and leaders across the hemisphere, as neighbors and friends of the people
of Haiti, should show solidarity and support in a real, effective and immediate
manner, guided by the Country's Government, which knows best where the
most urgent need lies.
From the OAS we will do everything within
our means to support the victims of this catastrophic phenomenon. Assistant
Secretary General Albert R. Ramdin is gathering all available information
regarding human and material damages caused by the catastrophe and regarding
all immediate necessities, in order to inform our Permanent Council tomorrow
and allow Member States to contribute to Haiti at this time of need".