ISLAMABAD France accused the US of occupying Haiti as thousands of American troops flooded into the country to take charge of aid efforts and security. The French Minister in charge of humanitarian relief in Haiti, called on the UN to clarify the American role amid claims the military build up was hampering aid efforts in the quake-hit country, one of the leading UK-based newspapers reported on Monday. According to the online edition of an International UK-based Newspaper, Frances International Cooperation Minister Alain Joyandet made the accusation of a US occupation of Haiti and admitted he had been involved in a scuffle with a US commander in the airports control tower over the flight plan for a French evacuation flight. Following the tussle, Geneva-based charity Medicines Sans Frontiers backed his calls saying hundreds of lives were being put at risk as planes carrying vital medical supplies were being turned away by American air traffic controllers, the newspaper claimed in its Monday online publication. The US commanders, the newspaper said in its story, insisted American forces landed in Haiti to carry on humanitarian work and on Sunday agreed to prioritise aid arrivals to the airport over military flights, after the intervention of the UN. The diplomatic row between the Unite States and France came amid heightened frustrations that hundreds of tons of aid was still not getting through. On the other hand Charities reported violence was also worsening as desperate Haitians took matters into their own hands. When contacted on Tuesday, spokesperson of US Embassy in Islamabad, Richard Snelsire, refused to comment on the issue. Your question could be answered by the Washington-based US authorities, he said. When contacted on Tuesday evening, an official of the French Embassy in Islamabad asked this reporter to make a telephone call in the morning on Wednesday to get the French version regarding the issue as 'the Ambassador was not on his seat. Meanwhile, taking prompt notice of the issue, the French President has come forward to soothe the tension between Washington and Paris that emerged after Frances International Cooperation Minister Alain Joyandets statement diplomatic sources from Paris said when contacted. According to media reports, the death toll is now estimated at up to 200,000 lives in Haiti. Around three million Haitians - a third of the countrys population - have been affected by Tuesdays earthquake and two million require food assistance. Haiti was occupied by the US between 1915 and 1935, and historical sensitivities together with friction with other countries over the relief effort has made the Americans cautious about their role in the operation. According to the British paper, The Telegraph, Capt John Kirby, a spokesman for the joint task force at the airport, said the US recognised it was only one of a number of countries contributing to a UN-led mission. He also emphasised the US troops, which he said would rise to 10,000 by Wednesday, would principally be assisting in humanitarian relief and the evacuation of people needing medical attention.