Press release 222/2010
(20 May 2010)


(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana) The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Caucus of Ambassadors in Washington, USA on Wednesday extended a hand of support to the survivors of the earthquakes which occurred on January 12 and February 27, in Haiti and Chile respectively.

A financial contribution, from donations at a church service in memory of the victims of the disasters, was presented on May 19 to representatives of the governments of Haiti and Chile at the headquarters of the Organisation of American States (OAS), in Washington, United States.

From Left to Right: Permanent Representative of St. Kitts and Nevis to OAS, Ambassador Izben Williams; Permanent Representative of Chile to OAS, Ambassador Darío Paya Mira; Permanent Representative of Haiti to OAS, Ambassador Duly Brutus; and Permanent Ambassador of the United States to OAS, Ambassador Carmen Lomellin.

In handing over the funds, Permanent Representative of St. Kitts and Nevis to the OAS, Ambassador Izben Williams said that it was symbolic of the “solidarity” of the hemisphere towards both countries in their recovery efforts.

He described the memorial service as “a remarkable occasion” which demonstrated the “oneness and commitment” of the hemisphere towards the earthquake-torn countries.

The Permanent Representative of Haiti to the OAS, Ambassador Duly Brutus, and the Permanent Representative of Chile to the OAS received the contributions on behalf of their governments and expressed appreciation to the CARICOM Caucus of Ambassadors for the much needed assistance.


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