UN admits role in Haiti’s deadly cholera outbreak – BBC News

The UN has finally acknowledged it played a role in an outbreak of cholera in Haiti in 2010 that has since killed about 10,000 people in the country.Scientific studies have shown that Nepalese UN troops were the source of the disease – but the UN repeatedly denied responsibility until now.An internal report seen by the New York Times is said to have led to the shift.But the UN still says it is protected by diplomatic immunity from claims for compensation from victims’ families.On Thursday, Farhan Haq, a spokesman for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, said that “over the past year the UN has become convinced it needs to do much more regarding its own involvement in the initial outbreak and the suffering of those affected by cholera”.However, Mr Haq reiterated that the UN’s legal position in on diplomatic immunity and possible compensation “has not changed”.

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