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PRESIDENT of the 64th Session
United Nations General Assembly

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United Nations, New York, 19 January 2010

Meeting on Haiti with the President of the Security Council

On 19 January 2010, the Acting President of the United Nations General Assembly, H.E. Ms. Byrganym Aitimova, Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan, met with H.E. Mr. Zhang Yesui, Permanent Representative of China who is the President of the Security Council for the current month.

The Acting President of the General Assembly and the President of the Security Council discussed in particular the situation in Haiti following the devastating earthquake that struck the country on 12 January.

Ambassador Zhang Yesui briefed Ambassador Byrgamyn Aitimova on the resolution adopted by the Security Council earlier in the day approving the deployment of an additional 2,000 soldiers and 1,500 police officers to the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) to support ongoing efforts.

The Acting President of the General Assembly informed the President of the Security Council that convening of an urgent formal plenary meeting of the General Assembly was envisaged this week to further address the consequences and humanitarian challenges posed by the earthquake in Haiti, including the adoption of a resolution by the Assembly.

Recalling the importance of further strengthening the coordination and cooperation between the two principal organs, both Presidents stressed the key role devoted to the General Assembly in humanitarian assistance and reconstruction. They agreed that urgent humanitarian assistance and disaster relief for Haiti as well as the long term reconstruction of the country would require further coordination and mobilization by the entire international community.