Ban Ki-moon apologized to the people of Haiti for his involvement in the UN to the spread of cholera on the island
UN Secretary-General ban Ki-moon apologized to the people of Haiti for his involvement in the organization to the spread of cholera in the country.
“The UN deplores the deaths and suffering of the Haitian people related to the cholera outbreak. On behalf of the UN I want to say clearly: we apologize to the Haitian people”, – quotes the words of the Secretary General the website of the United Nations.
For the first time the UN apologizes to the people of Haiti outbreak of cholera in the country. So far the organization has denied any involvement in the epidemic and refused to apologize, said the Miami Herald. For the first time, the UN recognized its role in the spread of infection only in August this year, reports the BBC.
Previously Haiti did not have cholera. The first case was registered on 21 October 2010 in the Artibonite region after the arrival of Nepalese peacekeepers for participation in liquidation of consequences of the devastating earthquake that killed more than 300 thousand people.
The outbreak of cholera blamed the leakage of sewage from the U. N. base on the island. According to Ministry of health Haiti, an outbreak of cholera has infected about 800 thousand people, of whom more than nine thousand died.
According to ban Ki-moon, the UN “to take all necessary measures in connection with the cholera outbreak and its spread in Haiti”. “We apologize deeply for the role played by the UN in this situation,” he said, without going into details and without mentioning the cause of the epidemic.
The Secretary General stressed that the event was somewhat marred relations between the UN and the Haitian people, but also undermined the reputation of the peacekeepers and the UN as a whole in the world. He said that thanks to the efforts of the international community and the Haitians, the number of cases has been considerably reduced – 90% in comparison with the peak level of 2011. However, the virus continues its March across Haiti, and for its containment it is necessary to mobilize additional resources. In this regard, the UN Secretary General presented to the delegates of the UN General Assembly a new strategy to control cholera in Haiti and urged States to allocate resources for its implementation.