Cablegate: Guidance: Consultations On Haiti, Feb 19
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SUBJECT: GUIDANCE: CONSULTATIONS ON HAITI, FEB 19
1. (U) This is an action message. Please see paragraph
2. (U) Mission may draw on the points at paragraph three for
the February 19 Security Council consultations on Haiti.
3. (SBU) Begin points:
-- I would like to extend our thanks to Under-Secretary
General Le Roy and Under-Secretary General Holmes for their
briefings earlier today.
-- Additionally, I would like to thank the team led by
Under-Secretary General Le Roy and Under-Secretary General
Malcorra for their productive visit yesterday to Washington.
We appreciated hearing UN views on coordinating the
transition from immediate relief operations to recovery and
reconstruction activities over the medium and long-term. We
are all interested in the continued resumption of a full
array of operational responsibilities by the Government of
Haiti and by MINUSTAH as they strengthen their respective
capacities in the wake of the earthquake.
-- The devastating scale of the disaster that has befallen
the Haitian people makes it clear that the international
community, working closely with the Government of Haiti, the
United Nations, and international financial institutions,
must provide a significant contribution to Haiti's rebuilding
for the foreseeable future.
-- Our imperative is to help a member of the community of
nations in dire need. In doing so, we are respectful of
Haitian sovereignty; we are aligning our efforts with those
of the Haitian government; and we are mindful that the
ultimate recipients of our assistance are the Haitian people,
who therefore must be involved in the rebuilding effort -
both within Haiti and in the Diaspora.
-- Under the leadership of the Government of Haiti, and with
a key role by the United Nations, we all must coordinate our
efforts with national, international and regional
organizations of the Americas, international financial
institutions and a broad range of partners, to the benefit of
the Haitian people.
-- We stand with Haiti for the long term. We consider an
initial 10-year commitment to be essential, as is a concerted
effort to build Haiti's capacity, which should be a
cornerstone of our joint approach.
-- While we speak of a long-term commitment, we recognize
that stability and human security are necessary preconditions
to the rebuilding of Haiti.
-- As we move forward, we want to ensure that various
planning processes are fully coordinated and that all
humanitarian, relief, and security requirements are properly
understood and resourced.
-- Over 30 nations to date, including the United States, have
offered military or police personnel in support of MINUSTAH
operations. This outpouring of support is commendable, and
we hope that member states will provide MINUSTAH with
additional self-sustaining formed police units. It will be
important to facilitate the deployment of new police and
military assets into MINUSTAH, especially as national forces
from the United States and elsewhere draw down.
-- Following the most recent assessments, OCHA has issued a
revised appeal of 1.4 billion dollars, which means, as of
February 17, the UN Flash Appeal was funded at 47 percent,
with 673 million dollars of confirmed donations. The United
States has spent over 600 million dollars on relief efforts
so far. We strongly encourage other nations to support the
assessed needs outlined in this second appeal to the maximum
-- The United States is also pleased to be co-hosting with
the United Nations an international conference on March 31st
that will help the Government of Haiti to mobilize resources
for early recovery and longer-term reconstruction and to
forge an agreed path forward for its rebuilding with the
support of key donors and other partners.