Ban admits U.N. failed to contain cholera spread
NEW YORK | Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon apologized Thursday for the U.N. not doing enough to contain the spread of a cholera outbreak in Haiti, but he stopped short of apologizing for bringing the disease to the Caribbean nation.
Mr. Ban made his remarks, in Creole and English, in a speech announcing the U.N.’s new approach to cholera in Haiti, which seeks to provide aid to communities affected by the disease that has afflicted some 800,000 Haitians and killed over 9,000. Researchers say cholera was introduced to Haiti by Nepalese troops who were part of a U.N. peacekeeping mission.
For years the U.N. had denied or been silent on longstanding allegations that it was responsible for the outbreak. In August a U.S. appeals court upheld the U.N.’s immunity from a lawsuit filed on behalf of 5,000 Haitian cholera victims who blame the global body for the epidemic.