UN Chief Makes Emotional Visit to Haiti
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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has made an emotional visit to his staff's devastated headquarters in Haiti. He also delivered a message of hope to the country's earthquake victims.
Right beside the ruins of the United Nation's mission headquarters in Port-au-Prince, Ban Ki-moon received a UN flag from a Haitian staff member.
Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary-General, said, "I am very saddened to have seen all this destruction- has cost the Untied Nations and our dear colleagues. But I believe that their dearest wish would be that we carry forward."
The UN's mission headquarters collapsed last Tuesday following the devastating earthquake.
14 UN staff were buried in the rubble, including the mission's head Hedi Annabi.
After paying tribute to his colleagues, Ban Ki-moon thanked international rescue teams for their efforts.
Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary-General, said, "On behalf of the Untied Nations and the international community, I would like to thank you, to Chinese search and rescue team for have come here for the first time. Thank you very much for your very noble and very hard work. Thank you."
Just minutes after Ban Ki-Moon was driven away, workers at the site pulled out a surviving Danish UN worker. His rescue from the rubble was greeted by applause from onlookers.
Later at a news conference, Ban Ki-moon pledged to Haitians that they "are not alone" and "help is already arriving."
Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary-General, said, "We need to make sure our help is getting to people who need it, as fast as possible. We cannot waste one minute, one dollar and one person."
His appeal for strong and effective co-ordination was echoed by the Haitian President.
Rene Preval, President of Haiti, said, "We need to coordinate badly, it's urgent."
Ban Ki-Moon says the UN World Food Programme plans to start feeding 1 million people in two weeks and 2 million people in one month.
The world body is currently feeding 60 thousand Haitians.
(CCTV January 18, 2010)