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France warns against bickering over aid to Haiti
Associated Press
2010-01-18 05:27 PM
French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner has warned governments and aid groups not to squabble as they try to get their aid into earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

Logjams are slowing down the aid distribution to Haitians. French Cooperation Minister Alain Joyandet expressed displeasure last week when a French plane carrying a field hospital was unable to land in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince because its airport was clogged with planes.

U.S. officials turned the plane back and it landed the following day.

Kouchner told France-Info radio on Monday that "people always want it to be their plane ... that lands" but "what's important is the fate of the Haitians."

He said France has evacuated 1,600 people from Haiti.

France pledged (EURO)10 million Monday to the United Nations for aid to Haiti.

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