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India vows support to rebuild Haiti

world Updated: Jan 23, 2010 09:35 IST

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India, a co-sponsor in a General Assembly resolution that supports emergency relief and rehabilitation for the Haiti earthquake victims, on Saturday assured its support in rebuilding the Caribbean nation.

"We will do whatever is in our power to partner the people of Haiti in their journey to rebuild their lives and their nations," said Manjeev Singh Puri, India's deputy envoy to the UN.

Notably, India had already announced five million dollar assistance for the disaster hit nation.

"The government and people of India are shocked and deeply grieved by the loss of human life and damage that has resulted from the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti," said Puri.

"India is familiar with the consequences of natural disasters and therefore fully understands the trauma and the suffering that the Haitians are living through," he said.

The resolution called for action on immediate relief operations as well as medium and long term developmental goals.

The senior Indian official also expressed sorrow at the loss of lives suffered by the Haitians and the UN staff. "The greatest tribute to them will be the continuation of their work in Haiti," he said.