Quake-hit Haiti tops Mexico-Caricom Summit

2010-02-22 08:39 BJT

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Mexican President Felipe Calderon formally opened the first Mexico-Caricom Summit near the resort town of Playa del Carmen on Sunday afternoon.

Security was tight as police and soldiers could be seen patrolling highways and beaches in surrounding areas. Expected to top the summit's agenda is how to provide shelter for the more than one million left homeless by the magnitude seven earthquake that struck Haiti more than five weeks ago.

Downpours this month herald the start of the rainy season which adds urgency to the need to improve shelter for the hundreds of thousands of victims, camped out across the capital, Port-au-Prince.

The January 12 earthquake killed more than 212 thousand people. How to integrate Honduras into regional affairs after the coup which toppled President Manuel Zelaya is also expected to feature in the talks.

Haiti's President Rene Preval, left, shakes hands with Mexico's President Felipe Calderon during the opening ceremony of a meeting of leaders in a hotel in the outskirts of Playa del Carmen, Mexico, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010. (AP Photo/ Eduardo Verdugo)
Haiti's President Rene Preval, left, shakes hands with Mexico's
President Felipe Calderon during the opening ceremony of
a meeting of leaders in a hotel in the outskirts of Playa del
Carmen, Mexico, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010.(AP Photo/ Eduardo Verdugo)