Cablegate: Media Reaction: First Haitian Orphan Arrives in Argentina;
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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION: FIRST HAITIAN ORPHAN ARRIVES IN ARGENTINA;
2/4/10; BUENOS AIRES
1. Haitian orphan Rosalindha's arrival -- the first in Argentina
-- received broad press coverage, most of which noted the medical
care the baby received in Pittsburgh. Several media praised U.S.
efforts to expedite the orphan's arrival to the country, while two
reported on the U.S. decision to resume visa issuance for Haitians.
Left-of-center Pagina 12 claimed the American relief workers in
Haiti do not approach Cuban doctors despite Fidel Castro's proposal
for humanitarian cooperation. An op-ed by Robert Zoellick,
President of the World Bank Group, was picked up by
business-financial El Cronista urging to learn from lessons of the
past in rebuilding Haiti. End summary.
PRAISE FOR U.S. ASSISTANCE
WITH ADOPTION, VISAS
2. Haitian orphan Rosalindha's arrival in Argentina from
Pittsburgh made front page headlines in leading Clarin,
daily-of-record La Nacion and centrist Critica de la Argentina.
Nearly all press highlighted the medical care the baby received in
Pittsburg. Two newspapers and one TV station also highlighted U.S.
efforts to facilitate Rosalindha's travel to Argentina accompanied
by her adoptive parents. Under the headline "A baby rescued
through adoption," pro-government, left-of-center Pagina 12
(usually not pro-U.S.) particularly praised the efforts made by the
U.S. Immigration Service and the Argentine Foreign Ministry.
3. America 24 cable TV station interviewed the lawyer of the
family, who underscored the cooperation of the U.S. Embassy in
Buenos Aires. Conservative daily La Prensa also echoed the
lawyer's remarks that the orphanage in Pittsburgh notified the
family that they took Rosalinda and 52 other Haitian children to
Pittsburgh whose lives were in danger. Centrist Critica de la
Argentina and Todo Noticias Online Website quoted State Department
Spokesperson Philip Crowley's announcement that the U.S. Embassy in
Port-au-Prince resumed issuance of visas.
DOES THE U.S. REFUSE
TO APPROACH CUBAN DOCTORS?
4. Based on what appears to be interviews with Cuban physicians
stationed in Haiti, Pagina 12 claimed that, although the U.S. and
Cuba have the most people deployed in Haiti, the U.S. refuses to
approach Cuban doctors. The paper also asserted that the White
House did not respond to the Cuban government's proposed
humanitarian cooperation, even after Cuba allowed the U.S. to use
its air space to expedite U.S. aid to Haiti.
"PROGRESS IN HAITI IS POSSIBLE"
5. Business-financial El Cronista printed an opinion piece by
Robert Zoellick, President of the World Bank Group, urging
coordinated aid between donor countries, the Haitian government and
the people. Zoellick cited Indonesia's reconstruction after the
2005 tsunami as a model.
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