Haiti: Statement from the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Alain Le Roy

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The Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations expresses his deep concern following this afternoon's catastrophic earthquake. The Department of Peacekeeping Operations is still in the process of gathering information on the extent of the damage and the status of UN personnel. Contacts with the UN on the ground have been severely hampered as communications networks in Haiti have been disabled by the earth quake. For the moment, a large number of personnel remain unaccounted for. The United Nations can confirm that the Headquarters of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) in Port au Prince has sustained serious damage along with other UN installations. Further information will be provided as it becomes available.