Reporting from Port-Au-Prince, Haiti —
"We haven't ended the rescue operations, but we know that as the days pass, the chances are getting smaller and smaller," the president told The Times, speaking after a news conference held at what serves as his government's headquarters: a guarded police station behind cinder-block walls near the airport.
Preval spoke in the police station's car park. He looked shaken and did little to offer forceful reassurances to Haitians. Asked repeatedly about security, he said the police were acting in "extremely difficult conditions."
He called on the Haitian people to "organize themselves" to maintain order.
The quake destroyed every major government building, including the National Palace, the Supreme Court and ministries. Preval told of telephoning government office after government office last Tuesday after the quake, then calling U.N. headquarters -- all without answer. He then got on a motorcycle to survey the wasteland.