Remarks by Ambassador Rick Barton, U.S. Representative to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, at the Secretary-General's Briefing on the Situation in Haiti

Ambassador Rick Barton
U.S. Representative on the Economic and Social Council 
U.S. Mission to the United Nations 
New York, NY
December 3, 2010




AS DELIVERED

Thank you, Mr. President and thanks to the Secretary-General, the Ambassdor of Haiti, and other colleagues for their thoughtful comments.

We support the OAS/CARICOM Mission’s ongoing review of election day events, and urge the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) to continue tabulating votes and investigating vigorously all irregularities and allegations of wrongdoing. The United States supports the OAS/CARICOM Mission’s recommendations to the CEP and to the political parties, and we echo its call for all political parties to act responsibly and work through established processes to resolve any concerns in an orderly fashion and join in the calls of MINUSTAH and others for calm and for corrections of disenfranchisement problems as the process moves forward.

The United States welcomes the generous donations provided so far by many countries to aid Haitians as they combat the spread of cholera, and the efforts of UN agencies to help address the cholera epidemic. We welcome MINUSTAH’s support to the Haitian government’s efforts to ensure stability as an important element of the fight against the epidemic. We share the concern of others that an already weak and overstressed response system in Haiti is still catching up to a rapidly growing health crisis.

To date, the United States government has contributed over $20 million USD in humanitarian assistance and in-kind support of personnel specifically to deal with the cholera epidemic, and we urge others - whether member states, NGOs, the private sector or individuals - to contribute generously, especially as it regards information about the crisis, communication to the public, and the availability of supplies and of health professionals and volunteers.

The United States, like many others, is providing expertise by sending a range of health professionals, supplies and contributing to training programs.

The United States continues to work with national and international relief actors, including the Haitian Department of Public Health and Population, the UN, the Pan American Health Organization, and other relief agencies, to plan and respond to the cholera outbreak.

We urge all donors to support the Haitian people by providing funding for the cholera response, including through the Consolidated Appeal. The UN relief effort in Haiti needs our sustained support, as does the ongoing reconstruction of our neighboring country.

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PRN: 2010/312