NEW YORK, New York, US (sentinel.ht) – For the first time since its introduction, a Haitian leader has joined the calls of its citizens in demanding the United Nations eradicate cholera and provide reparations to those affected by it.
Haitian President Jocelerme Privert, Friday, called on the United Nations to eradicate the cholera disease introduced by its peacekeepers and that has killed more than 10,000 and sickened millions.
Privert made the declaration during his speech to the 71st General Assembly. He made reference to the world organization’s recognition of its role in the outbreak and the “moral responsibility” the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon had declared.
Cholera was introduced into Haiti on October 14, 2010, 35 miles from the epicenter of the 7.3 earthquake which happened in January of that year. Over the course of six years the organization had denied responsibility until August of this year.
“The resurgence in cholera cases in recent months is one of the challenges that arise today with more acuity in Haiti. It illustrates the ‘significant deterioration’ in the humanitarian situation, as the Secretary-General stressed in a recent report to the Security Council. In this regard, the Government of the Republic of Haiti has taken note with the highest interest of the statements of the Secretary-General with respect to two (2) situations that make the organization uncomfortable: multiple sexual abuse perpetrated by peacekeepers and the introduction of cholera in Haiti.”
“UN by the recognition of its moral responsibility in the second opens the way to real discussion as to the obligation to eliminate definitely cholera in Haiti. In this sense, we want to hope that the pressing call of Secretary-General for the implementation of a program substantially reinforce fight against cholera and assistance to victims and their families will be heard and will respond fully to the expectations the Haitian people.”