U.S. to stay in Haiti 'as long as needed'

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- The leader of the U.S. earthquake relief effort in Haiti said Sunday military personnel will be there "as long as we are needed."

When asked for a time line for U.S. involvement in Haiti, Rajiv Shah, the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, told CNN on "State of the Union" that "we are going to be here as long as we are needed.


"What I have on the ground right now is approximately 1,000 military personnel. I have more coming today. Two more companies out of the 82nd Airborne Division. In the coming days, I will have Marines coming ... and then we have a Marine landing battalion which will have some critical enablers to clear roads."

Shah added that security remains a concern for the relief workers, saying, "We are paying very close attention to it" and noting that U.N. forces have the responsibility of ensuring a secure environment. But he said U.S. soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division encountered no violence or resentment while they were handing out supplies.

"In fact, they were very warmly received at every point they went to distribute supplies," Shah told CNN.


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