03/27/2010 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Doctors Without Borders President: U.S. Military Hampering Haiti Relief Efforts

Doctors Without Borders President Christophe Fournier said the U.S. military presence is reducing the efficiency of the organization's medical efforts in Haiti, according to an interview in Newsweek on Friday.

Without wanting to question America's commitment, the problem is that if you unilaterally take the lead, you also become responsible for coordinating the operation. In one hospital, we had a medical team treating patients that was kicked out by the military.

In the interview, Fournier identifies the problems of aligning aid efforts with military presence in both Haiti and other areas of the world, where helping people can morph into a diplomatic statement.

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