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UN Urges International Donors to Follow Through on Haiti Aid


The U.N. Security Council is urging international donors to follow through on the more than one billion dollars in aid pledged for Haiti last year at a donor conference.

During a U.N. Security Council debate Wednesday, participants said Haiti has received less than one fifth of the promised economic aid.

Haitian leaders also said that with the world's attention focused on Asian tsunami victims, the impoverished Caribbean nation is in danger of slipping back into crisis.

Haiti is the Western Hemisphere's poorest nation and has been mired in political and economic turmoil for years.

Meanwhile, the Security Council says it plans a mission to Haiti by June to assess its security situation.

A U.N. peacekeeping mission was sent to Haiti to help control violence following President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's ouster last February. Haiti is preparing for elections this November.

Some information for this report provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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