“The rate of new Ebola cases shows encouraging signs of slowing in some of the hardest-hit parts of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone — and that’s good news. The full-scale international strategy to attack Ebola through safe burials, treatment facilities and community mobilization is paying dividends,” the Secretary-General confirmed in an op-ed published in today’s The Washington Post.“Governments and communities in the region are combating the virus. Dozens of countries have stepped up with life-saving contributions. The United Nations is also partnering closely with regional organizations such as the European Union and the African Union, which is mobilizing medical professionals and health-care volunteers from throughout the continent,” he added. Amid recent signs of progress in containing the devastating outbreak, the UN system has been accelerating its Ebola response, including ramped up on-the-ground medical assistance for local governments in affected areas via the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER); providing financial support for the countries hardest hit by the socio-economic consequences of the disease through the World Bank; and monitoring the urgent laboratory testing of an experimental Ebola vaccine which, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), could be distributed across West Africa as early as January 2015.While the UN’s ultimate goal is a complete reversal of infection rates and zero cases in all countries, the stated short-term target is captured by a UN-wide directive aimed at managing and treating 70 per cent of Ebola cases and making safe 70 per cent of burials by 1 December – a strategy, Mr. Ban said, which was the only way to break the exponential curve of infection.Recent frontline reports from Guinea and Liberia, in fact, suggest significant decreases in infection rates across many affected areas, fuelling hopes that the target may be within reach. Anthony Banbury, the head of UNMEER, will brief the Security Council on 10 November providing Council members with a full update of the UN’s ongoing Ebola response.Tempering initial enthusiasms, however, the Secretary-General warned against declaring “mission accomplished too soon,” noting that “as caseloads go down in some areas, they are rising in others.” In addition, he said, outbreaks had a tendency of flaring up again if a gap in the response left space for the disease to spread.“The outbreak remains active,” he continued. ‘People are dying every day. New infections continue. And no one can say with certainty what the coming weeks might bring.”Mr. Ban admitted that the Ebola outbreak had left global responders with “no time to lose,” and that the crisis had evolved into a complex public health emergency with “profound social, economic, humanitarian, political and security dimensions.”As a result, he urged international stakeholders to remain vigilant and intensify their responses while also keeping an eye on the underlying causes of the epidemic, most notably by strengthening the region’s health systems.“Ebola will be beaten through a resolute and coordinated effort. We have initial evidence to prove that this can happen. But we must speed up efforts to first get the crisis under control and then bring it to an end,” concluded the Secretary-General.“Now is no time to let down our guard. We must keep fighting the fire until the last ember is out.”
“To the extent there was loss of innocent life, let me be clear that I consider that tragic,” Prince said in his prepared opening statement to the congressional panel. “Every life, whether American or Iraqi, is precious.” But, he added, “based on everything we currently know, the Blackwater team acted appropriately while operating in a very complex war zone.” Prince, 38, said existing laws and regulations provide an adequate level of accountability and oversight for contractors in battle zones. But, “Blackwater believes that more can and should be done to increase accountability, oversight and transparency,” he said. Prince said the company supports legislation written by North Carolina Democratic Rep. David Price, a longtime advocate of increasing the legal oversight of contractors. This week, the House will consider a bill from Price that would make all contractors subject to prosecution in U.S. courts. Waxman said at least one incident raises questions about the State Department’s involvement. In December 2006, after a drunken Blackwater contractor shot an Iraqi guard, the State Department advised the company how much to pay the family and then allowed the contractor to leave Iraq 36 hours after the shooting. Internal e-mails later revealed a debate within the State Department on the size of the payment. “It’s hard to read these e-mails and not come to the conclusion that the State Department is acting as Blackwater’s enabler,” Waxman said. Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., the committee’s top Republican, said the State Department is “trying to get it right,” but its oversight of security contractors “seems to have some blind spots as well,” according to his opening statement. There’s little data on contractor performance, Davis said, “so it’s impossible to know if one company’s rate of weapons related incidents is the product of a dangerous ‘cowboy’ culture or the predictable result of conducting higher-risk missions.” Davis said concentrating only on Blackwater won’t answer the complex questions surrounding the use of security contractors. “Nor are we likely to learn much by focusing on one sensational incident still under investigation,” Davis said. Blackwater has nearly 1,000 personnel working in Iraq. Blackwater, founded in 1997 by Prince and headquartered in Moyock, N.C., is the largest of the State Department’s three private security contractors. The others are Dyncorp and Triple Canopy, both based in Washington’s northern Virginia suburbs. Blackwater has had more shooting incidents than the other two companies combined, according to a report written by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee ahead of Tuesday’s hearing. Blackwater, which has been paid more than $1 billion in federal contracts since 2001, is embroiled in a host of controversies over the conduct of its guards. Among the Monday report’s most serious charges was that Blackwater contractors sought to cover up a June 2005 shooting of an Iraqi man and the company paid – with State Department approval – the families of others inadvertently killed by its guards.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON _ The head of a House oversight panel today questioned whether the State Department acted as an “enabler” with private contractor Blackwater in Iraq, casting the company as a rogue mercenary force. “Privatizing is working exceptionally well for Blackwater,” said Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif. “The question for this hearing is whether outsourcing to Blackwater is a good deal to the American taxpayer,” he said of Blackwater, which has been paid more than $1 billion in government contracts since 2001. Waxman’s House Oversight and Government Reform convened the hearing amid an FBI investigation into a Sept. 16 shootout involving Blackwater personnel that resulted in 11 Iraqis killed. The Justice Department sent the panel a letter Tuesday asking members not to address the incident during the hearing, citing a need to first conclude its investigation. Waxman said he agreed not to probe the specifics of the incident, but that it was within the committee’s prerogatives to raise questions about the company’s overall performance in Iraq. Several Republicans on the committee called it irresponsible for Waxman to pre-empt the administration’s investigation. Blackwater’s founder vigorously defended his private security company against charges of covering up Iraqi civilian deaths, saying 30 of its contractors have been killed while protecting U.S. diplomats and no Americans have died while under its watch. “I believe we acted appropriately at all times,” Erik Prince told the committee, after praising the skill and dedication of Blackwater employees. Prince sat at the witness table alone. Sitting directly behind him was Stephen Ryan, an attorney with the law firm McDermott Will & Emery. Prince, a former Navy seal, specifically disputed a congressional report’s finding that Blackwater is an out-of-control outfit that’s indifferent to Iraqi civilian casualties. And he maintained that his guards were responding to hostile fire when they engaged in a Sept. 16 shootout while protecting a U.S. convoy. At least 11 Iraqis died as a result of that incident. Prince’s contention about the nature of the gunfire exchange is hotly disputed by witnesses and the Iraqi government, and the incident remains under U.S. and Iraqi investigation.
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