Official speeches and statements - October 10, 2016
Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti very hard on 4 and 5 October. It caused many casualties and a huge amount of damage.
The French President expresses his sympathy and support to the Haitian people, who have already suffered so much in recent years.
The Head of State has called for France to mobilize all the resources available to deploy emergency aid very quickly, in coordination with our European partners and the international community.
On 5 October, at the Haitian authorities’ request, a Falcon 50 belonging to the armed forces in Martinique carried out reconnaissance flights to assess the damage caused by the bad weather, particularly on infrastructure necessary for delivering humanitarian aid to the victims.
The most urgent thing is now to supply drinking water to the population and pre-empt health risks. A plane will be chartered to transport 60 armed forces emergency service personnel and 32 tonnes of equipment, including two water purification units, medical kits and humanitarian and first aid equipment. Two senior French firefighters are also going to Port-au-Prince today to support the Haitian authorities.
France is stepping up its humanitarian assistance for Haiti as a result of the needs assessment carried out in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development’s crisis and support centre, which is coordinating this action with that of all of the humanitarian actors involved, is chartering a special plane to transport two water treatment stations and 60 sécurité civile [emergency services] experts, cholera treatment kits as well as emergency relief supplies.
The two Ecureuil helicopters provided by the Airbus Helicopters Foundation can be used to transport medical and emergency equipment to the isolated areas of Haiti.
France reaffirms its support for and solidarity with the Haitian government and people at this difficult time.
France welcomes the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Mr Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia, for his resolute action to promote peace in his country.
This award recognizes President Santos’s courage in choosing the path of dialogue in order to restore peace in Colombia. It serves as an incentive to continue on this path following the referendum of 2 October.
I warmly congratulate President Santos. France stands more than ever alongside Colombia in its efforts to achieve peace.