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article imageFrench minister accuses U.S. of 'occupying ' Haiti

By Michael Krebs     Jan 19, 2010 in World
Characterizing the American troop deployment in Haiti as an 'occupying' force, France's minister in charge of humanitarian aid issued concern over U.S. air traffic controls.
With the situation on the ground deteriorating in Haiti and the challenges of looting and scarce food, water and medical supplies in confluence, a French minister has described the American troop presence in Haiti as an "occupying" force.
Alain Joyandet expressed frustration with the U.S. military, taking his concerns to the United Nations.
"This is about helping Haiti, not about occupying Haiti," Mr Joyandet said, according to a report in the Telegraph.
U.S. commanders have taken over Haiti's air traffic needs, directing evacuation flights and inbound humanitarian freight.
The United States is expected to deploy 10,000 troops to the troubled island nation. The death toll in Haiti is estimated at 200,000, and the country's infrastructure is effectively shattered.
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