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Clash over Haiti aid flights
By Harvey Morris in New York

Published: January 17 2010 17:37 | Last updated: January 17 2010 17:37

Fuel shortages, poor communications and a logjam at the Port au Prince airport on Sunday continued to hinder a massive international aid effort to Haiti five days after a devastating earthquake in which more than 100,000 are now feared to have died.

The United Nations humanitarian agency, Ocha, warned at the weekend that humanitarian operations might be forced to shut down in the next few days if fuel supplies were not replenished.


As Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, headed for Haiti to see for himself the extent of the worst humanitarian disaster that the world body has had to cope with in decades, concern grew over delays in the airlift to the capital’s airport, which is under US control.

Alain Joyandet, French co-operation minister, told reporters at the airport he had protested to Washington via the US ambassador about the US military’s management of the airport where he said a French medical aid flight had been turned away.

In Paris, the foreign ministry tried to quash a looming diplomatic spat by insisting Franco-American co-operation was proceeding as well as possible in view of the extent of the disaster.

Mr Joyandet’s complaint underlined the frustration of relief teams dependent on the single runway at the airport to ferry in supplies if they were to avoid 24-hour delays involved in bringing supplies in by road from the neighbouring Dominican Republic.

The French news agency AFP also quoted people trying to leave Haiti as complaining that the US was giving priority to its own citizens. The US military re-established operations at the airport after its control tower was damaged in the earthquake. Kenneth Merten, US ambassador, told AFP: “We're working in co-ordination with the United Nations and the Haitians. “Clearly it's necessary to prioritise the planes. It's clear that there's a problem.”

With telephone communications disrupted by the earthquake after wireless network towers were damaged, Digicel, the Caribbean mobile company, said before the weekend it was pressing to ferry its technicians and equipment to the island state after four planes were turned back.

Digicel’s chairman, Denis O’Brien, said: “We have been in contact with the United Nations and numerous NGOs who are telling us that restoring Haiti’s communications network is a vital first step in this relief effort.”

The UN, with US support, was taking the lead in guaranteeing law and order in Haiti where hundreds of thousands have yet to receive food. The UN had 3,000 members of a 9,000-strong peacekeeping force in Post au Prince when the earthquake struck and units have since been drafted to the capital.

Canada said on Sunday it was sending 1,000 troops to Haiti to double its military presence there.

Canada would have hundreds of vehicles, seven helicopters and two ships available for the Haitian operation once the reinforcements were in place, Peter MacKay, defence minister, said in Ottowa.

The UN confirmed that Hedi Annabi, its civilian head of mission, and Luiz Carlos da Costa, and Doug Coates, its Canadian acting police commissioner, were among those killed in the collapse of the UN headquarters.

The UN’s World Food Programme said it planned to deliver emergency food rations to 40,000 people a day over the weekend as part of an emergency operation that would eventually reach 2m.

An aircraft carrying more than 20 tonnes of high-energy biscuits landed in the Dominican Republic from El Salvador and was heading to Port au Prince by road.

Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, former US presidents drafted in by incumbent Barack Obama to help with the aid effort, on Sunday appealed to Americans to donate to the relief efforts. Mr Clinton already serves as the UN’s envoy to Haiti.

After Rush Limbaugh, the rightwing talk show host, suggested Mr Obama was using his response to the crisis to burnish his image, Mr Bush said it was no time for politics.”There's a great sense of desperation. And so my attention is on trying to help people deal with the desperation.”

The UN Security Council was meeting on Monday to discuss the situation, and European Union ministers, at an emergency meeting today, were to call for an international conference to help Haiti.

EU ministers will assess the cost of providing relief for which the UN has launched a $562m flash appeal.

“This will have to be co-ordinated with the UN and international financial organisations like the World Bank. The ministers will also examine how much more needs to be done to help Haiti," said Cristina Gallach, EU spokeswoman.

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One of the most important aspects of conspiracy theories is being able to discern when there isn't one.

Oh yeah, like you'd understand anyway.

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Didn't take long for the finger-pointing to start. This is developing into a major relief disaster. Huge scandal in the making.
One of the most important aspects of conspiracy theories is being able to discern when there isn't one.

Oh yeah, like you'd understand anyway.

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There should be planes located world wide full of releif supplies,instead of just bombs
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Didn't take long for the finger-pointing to start. This is developing into a major relief disaster. Huge scandal in the making.
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EXACTLY BLUE......everything is America's fault, just as everything is "Dubya's" fault! I can't believe they would try to start this BULL while these people are dying !?

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There should be planes located world wide full of releif supplies,instead of just bombs
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GREAT idea!!! WOW, that is really good!

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America couldn't even look after themselves just ask the community of New Orleans.


Haiti got no chance with the US in charge.
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If the U.N. really want to get supplies there, why don't they send them to Santo Domingo,DR.. then truck it to Port-au-Prince? It isn't that far...

Oh I know why...it's easier to bitch, than to actually do something.

And they can't say the roads are impassable, Haitians are able to drive the injured to border cities for medical treatment.
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If the U.N. really want to get supplies there, why don't they send them to Santo Domingo,DR.. then truck it to Port-au-Prince? It isn't that far...

Oh I know why...it's easier to bitch, than to actually do something.

And they can't say the roads are impassable, Haitians are able to drive the injured to border cities for medical treatment.
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Guess you missed this part

"An aircraft carrying more than 20 tonnes of high-energy biscuits landed in the Dominican Republic from El Salvador and was heading to Port au Prince by road."
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Clash over Haiti aid flights
By Harvey Morris in New York

Published: January 17 2010 17:37 | Last updated: January 17 2010 17:37

Fuel shortages, poor communications and a logjam at the Port au Prince airport on Sunday continued to hinder a massive international aid effort to Haiti five days after a devastating earthquake in which more than 100,000 are now feared to have died.

The United Nations humanitarian agency, Ocha, warned at the weekend that humanitarian operations might be forced to shut down in the next few days if fuel supplies were not replenished.


As Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, headed for Haiti to see for himself the extent of the worst humanitarian disaster that the world body has had to cope with in decades, concern grew over delays in the airlift to the capital’s airport, which is under US control.

Alain Joyandet, French co-operation minister, told reporters at the airport he had protested to Washington via the US ambassador about the US military’s management of the airport where he said a French medical aid flight had been turned away.

In Paris, the foreign ministry tried to quash a looming diplomatic spat by insisting Franco-American co-operation was proceeding as well as possible in view of the extent of the disaster.

Mr Joyandet’s complaint underlined the frustration of relief teams dependent on the single runway at the airport to ferry in supplies if they were to avoid 24-hour delays involved in bringing supplies in by road from the neighbouring Dominican Republic.

The French news agency AFP also quoted people trying to leave Haiti as complaining that the US was giving priority to its own citizens. The US military re-established operations at the airport after its control tower was damaged in the earthquake. Kenneth Merten, US ambassador, told AFP: “We're working in co-ordination with the United Nations and the Haitians. “Clearly it's necessary to prioritise the planes. It's clear that there's a problem.”

With telephone communications disrupted by the earthquake after wireless network towers were damaged, Digicel, the Caribbean mobile company, said before the weekend it was pressing to ferry its technicians and equipment to the island state after four planes were turned back.

Digicel’s chairman, Denis O’Brien, said: “We have been in contact with the United Nations and numerous NGOs who are telling us that restoring Haiti’s communications network is a vital first step in this relief effort.”

The UN, with US support, was taking the lead in guaranteeing law and order in Haiti where hundreds of thousands have yet to receive food. The UN had 3,000 members of a 9,000-strong peacekeeping force in Post au Prince when the earthquake struck and units have since been drafted to the capital.

Canada said on Sunday it was sending 1,000 troops to Haiti to double its military presence there.

Canada would have hundreds of vehicles, seven helicopters and two ships available for the Haitian operation once the reinforcements were in place, Peter MacKay, defence minister, said in Ottowa.

The UN confirmed that Hedi Annabi, its civilian head of mission, and Luiz Carlos da Costa, and Doug Coates, its Canadian acting police commissioner, were among those killed in the collapse of the UN headquarters.

The UN’s World Food Programme said it planned to deliver emergency food rations to 40,000 people a day over the weekend as part of an emergency operation that would eventually reach 2m.

An aircraft carrying more than 20 tonnes of high-energy biscuits landed in the Dominican Republic from El Salvador and was heading to Port au Prince by road.

Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, former US presidents drafted in by incumbent Barack Obama to help with the aid effort, on Sunday appealed to Americans to donate to the relief efforts. Mr Clinton already serves as the UN’s envoy to Haiti.

After Rush Limbaugh, the rightwing talk show host, suggested Mr Obama was using his response to the crisis to burnish his image, Mr Bush said it was no time for politics.”There's a great sense of desperation. And so my attention is on trying to help people deal with the desperation.”

The UN Security Council was meeting on Monday to discuss the situation, and European Union ministers, at an emergency meeting today, were to call for an international conference to help Haiti.

EU ministers will assess the cost of providing relief for which the UN has launched a $562m flash appeal.

“This will have to be co-ordinated with the UN and international financial organisations like the World Bank. The ministers will also examine how much more needs to be done to help Haiti," said Cristina Gallach, EU spokeswoman.

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Yes - we French love to complain!!

Everybody is doing their best I'm sure.
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If the U.N. really want to get supplies there, why don't they send them to Santo Domingo,DR.. then truck it to Port-au-Prince? It isn't that far...

Oh I know why...it's easier to bitch, than to actually do something.

And they can't say the roads are impassable, Haitians are able to drive the injured to border cities for medical treatment.

Guess you missed this part

"An aircraft carrying more than 20 tonnes of high-energy biscuits landed in the Dominican Republic from El Salvador and was heading to Port au Prince by road."
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Yeah I missed that. My bad.

I missed this ,too....

"Mr Joyandet’s complaint underlined the frustration of relief teams dependent on the single runway at the airport to ferry in supplies if they were to avoid 24-hour delays involved in bringing supplies in by road from the neighbouring Dominican Republic."
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Didn't take long for the finger-pointing to start. This is developing into a major relief disaster. Huge scandal in the making.
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Ironic that France created the Haitian "slave state" to begin with. If they want to be so petulant then have Paris take over operations, pay the billions it will cost, and transport hundreds of thousands of refugees to France, instead of South Florida.
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America couldn't even look after themselves just ask the community of New Orleans.


Haiti got no chance with the US in charge.
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You know, you are correct. The megalith US federal government has a blind eye when it comes to domestic conditions of abject poverty or emergency.
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Clash over Haiti aid flights
By Harvey Morris in New York

Published: January 17 2010 17:37 | Last updated: January 17 2010 17:37

Fuel shortages, poor communications and a logjam at the Port au Prince airport on Sunday continued to hinder a massive international aid effort to Haiti five days after a devastating earthquake in which more than 100,000 are now feared to have died.

The United Nations humanitarian agency, Ocha, warned at the weekend that humanitarian operations might be forced to shut down in the next few days if fuel supplies were not replenished.


As Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, headed for Haiti to see for himself the extent of the worst humanitarian disaster that the world body has had to cope with in decades, concern grew over delays in the airlift to the capital’s airport, which is under US control.

Alain Joyandet, French co-operation minister, told reporters at the airport he had protested to Washington via the US ambassador about the US military’s management of the airport where he said a French medical aid flight had been turned away.

In Paris, the foreign ministry tried to quash a looming diplomatic spat by insisting Franco-American co-operation was proceeding as well as possible in view of the extent of the disaster.

Mr Joyandet’s complaint underlined the frustration of relief teams dependent on the single runway at the airport to ferry in supplies if they were to avoid 24-hour delays involved in bringing supplies in by road from the neighbouring Dominican Republic.

The French news agency AFP also quoted people trying to leave Haiti as complaining that the US was giving priority to its own citizens. The US military re-established operations at the airport after its control tower was damaged in the earthquake. Kenneth Merten, US ambassador, told AFP: “We're working in co-ordination with the United Nations and the Haitians. “Clearly it's necessary to prioritise the planes. It's clear that there's a problem.”

With telephone communications disrupted by the earthquake after wireless network towers were damaged, Digicel, the Caribbean mobile company, said before the weekend it was pressing to ferry its technicians and equipment to the island state after four planes were turned back.

Digicel’s chairman, Denis O’Brien, said: “We have been in contact with the United Nations and numerous NGOs who are telling us that restoring Haiti’s communications network is a vital first step in this relief effort.”

The UN, with US support, was taking the lead in guaranteeing law and order in Haiti where hundreds of thousands have yet to receive food. The UN had 3,000 members of a 9,000-strong peacekeeping force in Post au Prince when the earthquake struck and units have since been drafted to the capital.

Canada said on Sunday it was sending 1,000 troops to Haiti to double its military presence there.

Canada would have hundreds of vehicles, seven helicopters and two ships available for the Haitian operation once the reinforcements were in place, Peter MacKay, defence minister, said in Ottowa.

The UN confirmed that Hedi Annabi, its civilian head of mission, and Luiz Carlos da Costa, and Doug Coates, its Canadian acting police commissioner, were among those killed in the collapse of the UN headquarters.

The UN’s World Food Programme said it planned to deliver emergency food rations to 40,000 people a day over the weekend as part of an emergency operation that would eventually reach 2m.

An aircraft carrying more than 20 tonnes of high-energy biscuits landed in the Dominican Republic from El Salvador and was heading to Port au Prince by road.

Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, former US presidents drafted in by incumbent Barack Obama to help with the aid effort, on Sunday appealed to Americans to donate to the relief efforts. Mr Clinton already serves as the UN’s envoy to Haiti.

After Rush Limbaugh, the rightwing talk show host, suggested Mr Obama was using his response to the crisis to burnish his image, Mr Bush said it was no time for politics.”There's a great sense of desperation. And so my attention is on trying to help people deal with the desperation.”

The UN Security Council was meeting on Monday to discuss the situation, and European Union ministers, at an emergency meeting today, were to call for an international conference to help Haiti.

EU ministers will assess the cost of providing relief for which the UN has launched a $562m flash appeal.

“This will have to be co-ordinated with the UN and international financial organisations like the World Bank. The ministers will also examine how much more needs to be done to help Haiti," said Cristina Gallach, EU spokeswoman.

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Yes - we French love to complain!!

Everybody is doing their best I'm sure.
 Quoting: JADR

congestion at the port-au-prince airport.france and brazil lodged official complaints that the us military in control of the airport had denied landing permission to relief flights from their countries ...and when this is all over they will all sit down to dinner in the white house and say (WE DID EVERYTHING WE COULD TO HELP)
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Didn't take long for the finger-pointing to start. This is developing into a major relief disaster. Huge scandal in the making.


Ironic that France created the Haitian "slave state" to begin with. If they want to be so petulant then have Paris take over operations, pay the billions it will cost, and transport hundreds of thousands of refugees to France, instead of South Florida.
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Yes I agree - but it is just the frustrated complaint of 1 French individual - not the state.
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At this point, I am not really blaming anybody because all the facts are not known but I just want something done to help there people faster.

We are fast approaching a week. I hope progress is being made even as we speak and tomorrow will find things looking brighter for those surviving Haitians.
One of the most important aspects of conspiracy theories is being able to discern when there isn't one.

Oh yeah, like you'd understand anyway.

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If the US military takes over, then nothing will happen without their say so.
Including demolition and rebuilding contracts.
Instead of giving the Haitian people equipment and tools to rebuild themselves.
This is going to be hijacked by American contractors in a lame attempt to create jobs for Americans.
The only problem is who is going to pay the contractors? Because Haiti doesn't have any money.
I believe this will fall under the non audited defense budget and is why Obama asked for more, all this was pre planned.
Another tax rip off.
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Didn't take long for the finger-pointing to start. This is developing into a major relief disaster. Huge scandal in the making.


Ironic that France created the Haitian "slave state" to begin with. If they want to be so petulant then have Paris take over operations, pay the billions it will cost, and transport hundreds of thousands of refugees to France, instead of South Florida.


Yes I agree - but it is just the frustrated complaint of 1 French individual - not the state.
 Quoting: JADR



One individual and AFP one French news agency.

The real disappointment is in how ineffective all this is. I really did think we could and would do better as a planet and not just one country or another. It seems as many are going to die from untreated injuries, disease, dehydration and even violence as died in the earthquake itself.
One of the most important aspects of conspiracy theories is being able to discern when there isn't one.

Oh yeah, like you'd understand anyway.

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FUCK the french right in the jimmy hole





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