France to provide another 10 mln euros to Haiti

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France decided Monday to provide 10 million euros (14.3 million U.S. dollars) to quake-stricken Haiti in response to a UN call.

"France decided to respond to the urgent call for Haiti launched by the United Nations on Jan. 16 through a contribution of 10 million euros," Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said in a statement.

With the new pledge, France's assistance to Haiti amounted to around 20 million euros (28.6 million dollars), according to a government statement.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last week launched a flash appeal for 550 million dollars in emergency funds for Haiti.

French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said the number of French aid workers deployed to Haiti would increase to 650 in the coming hours with the arrival of a new aircraft. Two naval vessels would arrive in Haiti in a few days, he said.

A former French colony, Haiti had hosted 1,400 French nationals before the quake, of whom 1,200 were living in the capital city of Port-au-Prince, which was hardest-hit in the quake.

After the quake, France has evacuated 677 people to its overseas territory Antilles, including 596 French nationals.

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