Tuesday, March 13, 2012
The United Nations Special Envoy for Haiti, former US President Bill Clinton, has reportedly offered the strongest statements to date acknowledging the role UN peacekeepers are believed to have played in the deadly outbreak of cholera in quake-ravaged Haiti. During a tour of a hospital in Haiti this week, Mr Clinton was pressed on the UN's role in an outbreak that has killed more than 7000 Haitians.
The UN has repeatedly refused to accept responsibility for the outbreak, despite mounting scientific evidence that international peacekeepers were the most likely culprits.
Mr Clinton told ABC News that he believes the real cause of the outbreak is the country's dismal sanitary conditions. He emphasised the importance of focusing on improving Haiti's sanitation system and the fact that the United Nations and others are working hard to do this.