Canada kicks in $1 million for Haiti
Canada will provide more than $1 million for food and medical aid in Haiti, the French-speaking Caribbean nation facing an armed rebellion that has killed more than 50 people this month.
Foreign Affairs Minister Bill Graham said Canada would consider sending 100 police officers to Haiti if a political solution is reached.
Earlier Tuesday, French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin said that that deploying peacekeepers to the former French colony "is very difficult" with an armed rebellion in full force.
"Can we deploy a peacekeeping force?" de Villepin asked. "We are in contact with all of our partners in the framework of the United Nations, which has sent a humanitarian mission to Haiti to see what is possible."
There are 2,000 French citizens living in Haiti. France has 4,000 military personnel at two bases in the area, in Martinique and Guadeloupe.
The financial aid from Canada would go to the World Food Program ($800,000) and the International Red Cross ($350,000).
Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide has appealed for international help to cope with the armed rebellion in his Caribbean nation. United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan also expressed "extreme concern" as rebels gained wider control of Haiti.
Rebels now control much of the north of the country. About 50 people have died since the uprising began this month.
Annan said the UN is considering ways to deal with the situation, including the possibility of peacekeepers from other countries.
"We need negotiations, we also need your help," said Aristide. "Let's respect human beings, don't play politics with people willing to be helped."
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The armed rebellion in Haiti spread to the central part of the country Monday, as rebels and former soldiers attacked a police station in the town of Hinche.
The rebels are demanding Aristide resign, claiming he rigged his 2000 election victory.