Cablegate: Personally Engaging On Haiti

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REF: STATE 05277

1. (U) Al Khaleej, an Arabic language daily with a pan-Arabist
political orientation ran a front page article on January 20, 2010
with the headline: "Haiti comes under militarization and its
children become slaves." (text follows at para 4 below)

2. (SBU) IAW with reftel instructions, Ambassador called
Editor Raed Al-Barqawi to complain about the very misleading
coverage of US humanitarian initiatives. Ambassador explained the
rationale for using self-deploying US military forces (as well as
civilian assets) and corrected the misperceptions of changes in US
immigration policies, which were also intended to alleviate human
suffering. Barqawi said he was also unhappy with the headline, and
said it had been written after he left the newsroom. He promised
to take (unspecified) corrective action. Ambassador offered to
provide additional factual information on US Aid to Haiti to Al

3. (SBU) In general, UAE press coverage of the Haiti tragedy
has been factual and without obvious political bias, the Al Khaleej
story stood out in this regard.

4. (U) Text of relevant portion of Al Khaleej Article, in
informal translation. "12 American helicopters landed yesterday
near the presidential palace at the Haitian palace Port-au-Prince
that was destroyed in an earthquake last week. American
full-equipped troops left the planes in the largest military
exploitation of a human tragedy in the world. The Security Council
approved unanimously yesterday a temporary increase in the number
of the UN security and police troops to the Caribbean peninsula to
maintain security and help in the relief efforts. The UNICEF Fund
explained that adoption must be the last resort for orphan children
who have lost their parents following the U.S. placement of special
measures for the Haitian orphans. UNICEF spokesperson Veronica
Tafiu said that the UN agency is afraid of trafficking in the
children, noting that regardless of the human circumstances
reuniting family members must remain a priority. She added that
even if it is proven that the parents have died or lost, efforts
must be activated with the larger family members including the
grandparents asserting that foreign adoption must remain the last
option. She concluded that UNICEF has reports of Haitian children
who have been exposed for violence since the earthquake took place.
American Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano stated on
Monday that the U.S. will allow temporarily orphan Haitian children
into the U.S. to receive medical care."


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