Foreign ministers to meet January 25 on Haiti aid

Mon Jan 18, 2010 9:55am EST
 
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada will host a meeting of foreign ministers next Monday to focus on Haiti's needs after the deadly earthquake and to prepare for a major donors' meeting, Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon said on Monday.

Among those set to attend the Montreal meeting of the informal Friends of Haiti Group are U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive. France and several Latin American nations belong to the group.

"There is unanimity among all of the donor countries, among all of the friends of Haiti ... to help Prime Minister Bellerive in his quest to build a new Haiti," Cannon told a news conference.

"How do you get there? You get there through coordinated planning ... the Montreal conference will fundamentally help to set that stage for a larger conference."

Canada has sent 250 troops and is preparing to deploy another 500 within the next two days. In total, Ottawa says it is ready to send a total of 2,000 troops to Haiti.

Of the roughly 6,000 Canadians in Haiti when the earthquake struck, 11 are dead and 859 are still missing, Cannon said.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; editing by Peter Galloway)

 
<p>Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney speaks to media following Question Period in the House of Commons foyer on Parliament Hill in Ottawa May 5, 2009. REUTERS/Blair Gable</p>