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Security Council ambassadors begin official visit to Haiti

13 February 2012 – A Security Council delegation kicked off its mission to Haiti today as the country begins its painstaking transition towards reconstruction, job creation and capacity building following the devastating earthquake two years ago.

The Council delegation began its four-day visit in the country’s capital, Port-au-Prince, where they had an afternoon meeting with Prime Minister Gary Conille.

Tomorrow, the members of the Council will confer with the newly-elected President Michel Martelly and then travel to the towns of Miragoâne and Léogâne – the latter being the epicentre of the January 2010 earthquake which flattened the country and claimed the lives of more than 200,000 people.

Many Haitians remain in need of international assistance after the quake and a subsequent outbreak of cholera, which has turned out to be one of the largest epidemics of the disease in modern history to affect a single country. As of mid-December last year, Haiti had reported more than 520,000 cases and nearly 7,000 deaths.

During their four-day visit to the Caribbean country, the Security Council will assess the implementation of relevant resolutions concerning MINUSTAH, the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti, and to discuss the situation in the country with local government officials and civil society representatives.

The Council members will also visit a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) and a cholera treatment centre before returning to New York on Thursday.

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