January 17, 2010 / 3:53 PM / 9 years ago

EU ministers want international conference on Haiti

BRUSSELS, Jan 17 (Reuters) - European Union ministers will call for the setting up of an international conference to help Haiti when they gather at an emergency meeting on Monday, a spokeswoman for the bloc’s Spanish presidency said on Sunday.

European Union foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton will chair the meeting of development ministers from the 27-member group, spokeswoman Cristina Gallach told Reuters.

The ministers will assess the cost of providing relief for what the United Nations has described as the worst humanitarian crisis in decades as well as rebuilding the stricken Caribbean country close to Cuba.

“This will have to be coordinated with the United Nations and international financial organisations like the World Bank. The ministers will also examine how much more needs to be done to help Haiti,” said Gallach. (Reporting by John O’Donnell; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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