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Panama to accept some Haitians

Panama City - Panama's incoming government will accept an unspecified number of Haitian refugees, who will be housed at US military bases, president-elect Ernesto Perez said yesterday. Mr Perez, who takes office on 1 September, cited 'humanitarian reasons' for his decision.

The outgoing President, Guillermo Endara, initially offered to accept 10,000 Haitian boat-people, but later withdrew his offer, citing pressure from Washington and disagreement over placing the Haitians in camps at US bases in Panama. The decision strained Panama's ties with the US. AFP