International Haiti aid conference begins Monday in Montreal
Officials from 20 nations are to meet in Montreal on Monday to lay plans for coordinating aid to quake- stricken Haiti, dpa reprted.
Aside from discussing the long-term reconstruction of the devastated nation, groundwork would also be laid for a donor's conference, possibly to be held in March. To that end, representatives of the United Nations, International Monetary Fund and the Inter-American Development Bank would also attend in Montreal.
US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner are among those planning to attend. Delegates from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Uruguay, Mexico, Costa Rica, Spain, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Japan are also expected at the Friends of Haiti meeting.
Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua have announced plans to boycott the meeting, saying they oppose the strong US military presence in the Caribbean.
At least 112,000 Haitians are confirmed dead in the magnitude-7.0 earthquake on January 12, and the toll could rise to some 200,000 estimates show. Around 3 million people were impacted by the quake.