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January 18, 2010


Financial Times - As Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, headed for Haiti to see for himself the extent of the worst humanitarian disaster that the world body has had to cope with in decades, concern grew over delays in the airlift to the capital's airport, which is under US control.

Alain Joyandet, French co-operation minister, told reporters at the airport he had protested to Washington via the US ambassador about the US military's management of the airport where he said a French medical aid flight had been turned away. . .

Mr Joyandet's complaint underlined the frustration of relief teams dependent on the single runway at the airport to ferry in supplies if they were to avoid 24-hour delays involved in bringing supplies in by road from the neighboring Dominican Republic.

The French news agency AFP also quoted people trying to leave Haiti as complaining that the US was giving priority to its own citizens. . .

Trinidad Express - The Caribean Community's emergency aid mission to Haiti, comprising heads of government and leading technical officials, failed to secure permission Friday to land at that devastated country's airport, now under the control of the United States.

Consequently, the Caricom 'assessment mission', that was to determine priority humanitarian needs resulting from the mind-boggling earthquake disaster of Haiti, had to travel back from Jamaica to their respective home destinations..

On Friday afternoon the US State Department confirmed signing two 'Memoranda of Understanding' with the Government of Haiti that made 'official that the United State as is in charge of all inbound and outbound flights and aid off-loading.'. . .

Prior to the US taking control of Haiti's airport, a batch of some 30 Cuban doctors had left Havana, following Wednesday's earthquake, to join more than 300 of their colleagues who have been working there for more than a year.

Last evening the frustration suffered by the Caricom mission to get landing permission was expected to be raised in a scheduled meeting at Jamaica's Norman Manley International Airport with US Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton.

Jamaica's Prime Minister Bruce Golding who was making arrangements for the meeting with Clinton, following her visit earlier in the day to witness the devasation of the capital Port-au-Prince, said he could not comment on details to be discussed.

He, however, told this correspondent: 'I appreciate the chaos and confusion at Haiti's airport, where there is just one operational runway. But Haiti is a member of Caricom and we simply have to be facilitated and the truth is, there is hardly a functioning government in Haiti...'

Asked whether the difficulties encountered by the Caricom mission may be related to reports that US authorities were not anxious to facilitate landing of aircraft from Cuba and Venezuela, Prime Minister Golding said he could 'only hope that there is no truth to such immature thinking in the face of the horrific scale of Haiti's tragedy. . . '

A contigent of some 150 members of the Jamaica Defence Force has since established a camp with medical facilities in the vicinity of Haiti's airport.


Anonymous robbie said...

Immature?? Who, US?!? Nahhhhhhh.

January 18, 2010 3:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The US giving priority to its own citizens? How utterly shocking!

January 19, 2010 2:03 PM  
Anonymous Give me liberty... said...

The incredible shit is that american media is portraying desperate Haitians, to whom the US has blocked aid from Cuba, Venezuala, France , and others as out of control black animals. When Hillary Clinton landed, the one airport had to be shutb down to everyone else including desperately needed relief while Hill's smelly ass landed. It's obvious the US is engaged in a de facto invasion and occupation of Haiti. The kicker is this utter betyrayal is what the US gov't. has in mind for each of you dumb fuckers when they're through using you.

January 19, 2010 8:38 PM  

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