Mr Deputy, I understand that the process may have seemed long and complicated to the families, but adoptions can take place only if there are guarantees for the children and the families, guarantees of legal security. In Haiti, a country so disrupted by the earthquake, this wasn’t easy, and I can assure you that the Foreign Ministry has always worked with this end in view.
Arriving at the Ministry at the very time when a cholera epidemic was growing, I was able to contact the Haitian Prime Minister and get him to agree to us having an exchange of letters allowing us to finalize, including in France in certain cases, the adoption process for these children.
Bearing in mind the difficulties currently existing on commercial flights and the uncertainties, I’ve decided to charter two planes – one left this morning and the other will leave tomorrow – to enable the families to go and fetch 300 children. This was done with the participation of the Ministries of Defence, the Interior, Health and Solidarity, under the Prime Minister’s supervision.
Medical staff and personnel from the Foreign Affairs Ministry’s crisis cell are on the plane that’s going to bring the children here tomorrow. When they arrive, the families will be received so they can be helped with all the administrative procedures. So we can all welcome the fact that some 300 children can enjoy the warmth of a family Christmas.
There are still 27 children for whom the procedure wasn’t at a sufficiently advanced stage to fulfil the agreement. We’re currently doing everything possible to resolve the problem as quickly as possible and bring them here./.