Head of U.S. Southern Command Visits Uruguay

first_imgBy Dialogo May 10, 2010 The head of the U.S. Southern Command, Gen. Douglas Fraser, completed a visit to Montevideo Thursday in which he met with the Uruguayan defense minister, Luis Rosadilla, the high command of the armed forces, and the Parliament’s Defense Commission. The objective of the visit was “to engage in dialogue about bilateral cooperation between the two countries and issues of mutual interest, as well as also to analyze support for peacekeeping operations and humanitarian aid,” according to a statement by Washington’s embassy in Montevideo. Parliamentary deputy Javier García, a member of the lower house’s Defense Commission, told AFP that discussions touched on “a variety of issues: cooperation between the two countries, the Antarctic (security) issue, and the issue of the arms race in Latin America was raised.” With regard to this last point, García said that Fraser “played down the matter, and characterized it as more in the realm of investment.” At the same time, “he highlighted Uruguay’s participation in UN peacekeeping missions.” Uruguay has deployed a contingent of 1,162 blue helmets as part of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), while also providing 1,300 personnel to the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC). Fraser visited the Uruguayan National Peace Operations School (ENOPU), where military personnel are trained for UN peacekeeping missions. Likewise, he visited a community center for young people in Santa Catalina, on the western fringe of Montevideo, a humanitarian project under construction with donations from the Southern Command, coordinated with the Defense Ministry and local authorities, where a clinic is also operating.last_img read more

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Only You, Community Members, Can Stop Ebola, not Doctors, Nurses …

first_imgMargibi County Senator Oscar A. Cooper has underscored the need for all Liberians,  irrespective of culture,  religion or economic status, to take seriously the preventive measures instituted by government through its Health Ministry to combat the Ebola outbreak across the country.According to him, the level of the outbreak now in the country required all Liberians’  holistic participation in the fight against the disease. He said government and partners alone cannot stop the spread of the disease.Sen. Cooper made the assertion recently, at his residence at Cinta, a Kakata suburb, when he presented a special Ebola awareness message to the media in the county.In his message, Sen. Cooper told his citizens how they can prevent themselves from getting the disease and the danger it poses to family members who may encounter the Ebola virus.He advised Liberians to always avoid shaking hands, or touching an  Ebola-related dead body.The Margibi County Senator further cautioned citizens to report immediately to the Ministry of Health or a designated group,  cases of people suffering from severe pain, stomach pain, diarrhea, vomiting, fever/malaria, red eyes, and rash, among others.The Senator noted that by adhering to these measures, it will certainly help the government and its people to eradicate the pestilence from Liberia.He averred, “My people, this Ebola thing is not only the government business but all of our business. We have to find  security for ourselves from this deadly disease. When you discover that you are not feeling well, go to the hospital. The sooner you go to the hospital, the better your chances of survival.  If you are sick, or you know that you have the virus, don’t endanger another person with it. Doing that will not help you nor stop the widespread of the virus,” Sen. Cooper cautioned.“The current status of the virus in Liberia cannot be stopped by medical Doctors, nurses nor government alone,” he told his Margibi citizens, “but by all of you –community members.  You are the participants in the fight against Ebola,” he declared.Senator Cooper encouraged all Liberians to team up  and unite to defeat this human enemy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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