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Haiti: Memorial For The Four Spanish Military Personnel Dead In Helicopter Crash

By Dialogo
April 20, 2010

The Spanish defense minister, Carme Chacón, and the prime minister of Haiti, Jean-Max Bellerive, attended a ceremony Sunday in memory of the four Spanish military personnel who died Friday in a helicopter accident, the Spanish embassy announced. The “simple” ceremony was held Sunday morning on board the ship Castilla, the base for 450 soldiers sent to Haiti by Madrid following the earthquake, Spain’s consul-general, Juan Carlos Gómez, indicated to AFP. In addition to Minister Chacón and Prime Minister Bellerive, the memorial was attended by the Haitian foreign affairs minister, Marie-Michèle Rey, the head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (Minustah), Edmund Mulet, Gen. José Julio Rodríguez, chair of Spain’s joint chiefs of staff, and Adm. Manuel Rebollo Garcia, head of the Spanish Navy. Luis Fernando Torija, Francisco Forne, Manuel Dormido, and Eusebio Villatoro died Friday in a helicopter accident in Fond Verretes, near the Dominican border.
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