Cablegate: Tfah01: Ecuador's President Intends to Visit Haiti On
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SUBJECT: TFAH01: Ecuador's President intends to visit Haiti on
1. (SBU) Ministry of Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for
Coordination and Planning Galo Yepez informed Poloff and DAO
representative that Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa intends to
visit Haiti on January 28. Yepez emphasized repeatedly that Correa
would visit Port-au-Prince in his capacity as President of Ecuador
and President of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR). The
Government of Ecuador requests landing slots for the President's
plane, an Embraer Legacy 600, and for a C130 flight carrying 9 tons
of food, medicine, and water that the GOE would like to land
shortly before the President's arrival.
2. (SBU) Yepez said that Correa would arrive in Santo Domingo at
approximately 11:00 am Dominican Republic time, meet with Dominican
President Leonel Fernandez, then depart for Port-au-Prince, with an
expected arrival at approximately 12:30 Haitian time, to meet with
President Rene Preval and the Ecuadorian MINUSTAH contingent.
Ecuador's Minister of Health and the Secretary of National Risk
Management will accompany Correa. PolOff and DAO representative
advised Yepez that we would immediately inform the Department of
this request, and repeated that getting two landing slots in Port
au Prince on January 28 could be difficult.
3. (SBU) Yepez also said that the second official aid flight to
Haiti would depart Saturday, January 23 for the Dominican Republic.
Materials carried in that plane would be delivered overland, and
the Ecuadorian Search and Rescue team currently on the ground in
Port-au-Prince would likewise travel by road to Santo Domingo and
depart for Ecuador on the return flight.