Ban ad­mits U.N. failed to con­tain cholera spread

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD -

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.

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