Haiti gives U.S. control of airport

WASHINGTON Fri Jan 15, 2010 5:41pm EST

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Haiti's government agreed on Friday to grant temporary control of the nation's main airport to the United States to speed earthquake relief work, the State Department said.

"Prime Minister (Jean-Max) Bellerive signed a memorandum of understanding granting airport control to the United States," State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley told a briefing.

"Obviously we will assume this responsibility as long as its appropriate and to the point where the Haitian government is able and ready to resume that capability."

(Reporting by Andrew Quinn; editing by Chris Wilson)

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