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06 DECEMBER 2010
PHL TO WORK WITH THE UNITED NATIONS TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF PEACEKEEPERS IN HAITI
03 December 2010 , New York – The Philippines vowed to work with the United Nations to ensure the safety and security of almost 200 Filipino peacekeepers amid continuing post-election violence and cholera epidemic in the Caribbean state.
In a statement delivered at the UN General Assembly following a briefing by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the overall situation in Haiti, Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations Libran N. Cabactulan expressed grave concern over the reported incidents of violence in the aftermath of the elections in the said country.
Haiti held its presidential elections last November 28.
Ambassador Cabactulan welcomed the joint efforts being undertaken by the United Nations and its Member States, the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), as well as the civil society and civil authorities of Haiti to address the spreading cholera epidemic which has claimed the lives of hundreds of people and continue to affect thousands.
“The Philippine Government reaffirms its commitment to MINUSTAH where we have almost 200 police and military personnel. The safety and security of our troops remain our top priority and we look forward to working with the United Nations to ensure the welfare and security of all peacekeeping personnel in that country,” Ambassador Cabactulan said.
“It is our hope that the recent exercise in democracy bears fruit and leads to a fresh start for Haiti’s recovery and development,” he added.
Ambassador Cabactulan conveys the support, sympathy and understanding of the Filipino people to Haiti Permanent Representative to the United Nations Léo Mérorès. Ambassador Mérorès, in turn, thanks the Philippines for its committed presence in Haiti through MINUSTAH.
During the briefing, Secretary-General Ban urged UN Member States to extend immediate and massive aid to Haiti to address the cholera epidemic. END
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