Identifier
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10SANTODOMINGO116
2010-01-20 01:04:00
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Embassy Santo Domingo
Cable title:  

SDO Sit Rep 7 - Haiti Earthquake response

Tags:  PREL EAID CMGT AMGT MARR DR HA 
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SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL EAID CMGT AMGT MARR DR HA
SUBJECT: SDO Sit Rep 7 - Haiti Earthquake response

REF: A) SDO 96; B) SDO 21

UNCLAS SANTO DOMINGO 000116

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL EAID CMGT AMGT MARR DR HA
SUBJECT: SDO Sit Rep 7 - Haiti Earthquake response

REF: A) SDO 96; B) SDO 21


1. Embassy Santo Domingo Sitrep 7, further to reftel A:




2. (U) Ref B reports on Haiti relief and reconstruction
conference held in Santo Domingo on 18 January. Also, on 19
January, WHA Assistant Secretary Arturo Valenzuela gave print and
TV interviews, then met with SOUTHCOM Commander General Douglas
Fraser at San Isidro Air Base.




3. (SBU) Border Issues:

a) Per Am Official, border at Jimani remained disorganized but
functional as in recent days.

b) The flow of persons across the border is constant, but no
mass influx. However, official figures under-report the numbers of
people crossing, as the data reflect only those being processed
correctly. Some Haitians are sneaking across the border, per USG
official. Haitian media also report "tens of thousands" leaving
Port-au-Prince, some for the DR border. However, police officials
say they have not seen increased illegal entry attempts in the
mountains around the Jimani crossing.

c) A Haitian immigration official said that as of 1pm on 1/19
he had issued approximately 600 laissez-passes to travelers without
documents. Dominican authorities at the other side of the border
crossing are generally turning away travelers without a valid visa
or official travel document. Medical emergency cases continue
being allowed in.

d) The border crossing at Jimani was closed for 45 minutes
after the Haitian colonel in charge of customs on the Haitian side
began demanding "manifests" from vehicles trying to bring
assistance across. GODR officials managed to talk the colonel into
backing down, but plan to seek his removal. (Note: It is unclear
whether this was an attempt at rent-seeking by the Haitian
official, but some reporting implied that. End Note).

e) As the next Market Day in Jimani will be Thursday, efforts
are already underway to see if market activities that day can be
organized so as not to block/hamper through-put of assistance /
evacuation vehicles.


4. (SBU) Evacuees / Consular Issues:

a) Carriers report that 90% of evacuee passengers are LPRs and
NIV holders at this point.

b) No evacuation flights arrived Jan. 19 at San Isidro
airbase, and the 3 flights expected overnight were diverted to
Miami. We continued to maintain a skeleton staff of one FSO and one
FSN at the base to allow for a quick mobilization if needed. Also
SDO maintaining contact with SDO hotels, in case there is further
need for rooms.

c) SDO is in the final stages of coordinating a trial run of
a charter bus route to evacuate Americans from PAP to Santo Domingo
and the onward to the United States. The plan is for the first two
buses to leave overnight tonight at 3am, arriving first thing in
the morning in Port au Prince (around 8am local time) to pick up
Amcits from the embassy and return to SDO by the evening. Each bus
will carry one FSO and one FSN (or EFM volunteer) to help orient
the passengers and assist them with travel documentation,
promissory notes and other needs. The bus will also carry water and
snacks for the evacuees and, if PaP requests, will deliver
emergency supplies to PAP.

d) Four American citizens currently hospitalized, including
one minor child; none were discharged today. Three Americans are
at Hospiten and 1 (a UN employee who was not part of San Ysidro
evacuation) is at Cedimat.

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