US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson calls on Haiti to cooperate with UN survey

UN chief urges nations to consider deploying forces to help Haiti recover from earthquake Published duration 18 March 2017 Related Topics January 2017 earthquake

media caption Asma Khalid reports on the aftermath of the devastation in Haiti

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has called on nations to consider deploying forces to help Haiti recover from the earthquake.

In a video message, he warned Haiti was on the “verge of a really critical situation”.

At least 1,000 people have died in the worst-ever natural disaster in the Caribbean.

More than 1,400 were killed in the January 7 earthquake that struck the Caribbean nation.

In July 2015, a magnitude-7.0 earthquake killed at least 225 people in Haiti.

media caption The BBC’s Charles Haviland explains how the Haitian government expects to use US aid to pay for relief efforts

The announcement followed a meeting between Mr Tillerson and his Haitian counterpart, Bernard Carvalho, in which the US special envoy urged the Haitian government to cooperate with a UN survey in which international and local experts are gathering data for a more detailed assessment.

Analysis: ‘Rational, balanced approach’

By Charles Haviland, BBC Africa editor

President Jovenel Moise – who came to power after the devastating earthquake – appeared resigned to the aid that has come to his aid. But he had long been opposed to foreign aid and was wary of the involvement of the United States and other countries.

“What we are seeing in Haiti is a very rational, very balanced approach and a very cautious approach,” he said at a public rally in Haiti.

He said his administration had been trying to avoid foreign aid but was now ready to accept “whatever support that the international community asks for”.

The UN is currently leading a $4m survey of people who were affected by the earthquake. This data is then being shared with international aid agencies which will assist Haiti with relief efforts.

“This will help the Haitian government, or whoever holds the government, to better understand why something is missing in their efforts, and what needs to be done in order to make something go forward,” said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in an address to the Security Council this week.

Mr Tillerson’s video statement said: “I would

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