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Shanghai Expo to Exhibit Haitian Capital Before and After Quake

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Shanghai World Expo coordinators are considering a plan to exhibit the changed landscape of Haitian capital Port-au-Prince before and after the earthquake, to make a stronger presence of the country to the world.

"We plan to present the views of the quake-devastated capital before and after the earthquake in the Haitian Hall to call for more attention and supports from the international community for its reconstruction," said He Lihua, an exhibition official

"We have made initial agreement with Courtney Rattray, deputy representative of the Caribbean countries to the Expo, and we are soliciting opinions from the Haiti authorities," He said.

"No answer has come yet," He added.

Member states of the Caribbean Community will have a joint participation in the Expo. The pavilion has been completed, in which Haitian hall covers about 250 square meters.

"We will guarantee the participation of Haiti at the Expo as originally planned," said Zhou Jun, head of the exhibition department under the Bureau of Shanghai World Expo Coordination.

(Xinhua News Agency January 17, 2010)

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