Monday, January 18, 2010

Haiti earthquake: France criticizes US 'occupation'

France has criticized America's relief efforts in Haiti by claiming that international aid programs should be about helping the country, not 'occupying' it.

United Nations officials must investigate and clarify the dominant US role in the earthquake-ravaged Haiti, Bernard Kouchnet, the French minister said.

US forces last week turned back a French aid plane carrying a field hospital from the damaged, congested airport in the capital of Port-au-Prince, prompting a complaint from the French co-operation minister, Alain Joyandet. The plane landed safely the following day.