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29 April 1999

Hurricane George and Mitch

A $1 billion US aid package to help countries in Central America and the Caribbean hit by hurricanes Georges and Mitch last fall is still languishing in Congress.

If the money is not appropriated soon, according to relief agencies, Congress may divert part of it to support US military and humanitarian operations in the Balkans. [Resource Center of the Americas action alert 4/21/99] "People have forgotten about Central America," Nicaraguan ambassador to the US Francisco Aguirre Sacasa told the Nicaraguan daily La Prensa, "and Congress is focused on the Kosovo question." [El Diario-La Prensa 4/19/99 from AFP]

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