Venezuela forgives Haiti debt; CITGO ships 120 tons aid
By Alaska Inter-Tribal Council
ALASKA -- This is a very heartwarming and compelling story, that we felt should be shared. The Citgo / Venezuela heating oil relief program has literally saved lives here in Alaska, and the generosity of the Venezuelan people has provided great social change.
The President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez announced on Monday, January 25, that the Venezuelan government will forgive any Venezuelan debts held by Haiti.
During a meeting of the Political Council of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA), the Venezuelan president said that in view of the tragedy suffered by the Caribbean nation, its debt will be not only be forgiven, but the Venezuelan oil supply to the country will continue.
President Chavez Proposes ALBA countries to Create Humanitarian Fund for Haiti.
Likewise, the Venezuelan head of state proposed the creation of a $100 million Humanitarian Fund to strengthen the aid offered by the ALBA countries to Haiti.
President Chavez explained that the fund will be financed by the governments, peoples and companies that integrate the Latin American organization.
As a complement to the Venezuelan Aid, CITGO Petroleum Corporation, and its charitable organization, the Simón Bolívar Foundation, havestarted the shipment to Port-Au-Prince of 120 tons of humanitarian aid, in coordination with the Embassies of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Republic of Haiti in the United States. This effort complements the contributions of the Venezuelan people through their government, led by President Hugo Chávez, with the goal of alleviating the suffering of the thousands of people left homeless following the earthquake that struck the Caribbean nation on Jan. 12.
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