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Breaking News: After tense phone call with Haitian President, U.N Secretary General has recalled his Special Representative in Haiti

Posted by hougansydney.com on Saturday, March 3, 2018 Under: Diplomacy
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Haitian President had a very tense Phone call with Antonio Guterres, U.N Secretary General, on Wednesday, the Nouvelliste reports. A few hours after the phone call whose contents were not made public, Antonio Guterres has recalled his special representative in the country, Susan D. Page, who is at the center of this unprecedented diplomatic fallout between Haiti and the UN.

“ I confirm that Mrs Susan D. Page was recalled by the Secretary General of the United Nations for consultation, “ said Friday evening, Lucien Jurat, spokesman of the Haitian President. “ The U.N Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed to the President of the Republic his desolation of the behavior of Susan D. Page that does not reflect the position of the United Nations. It is a statement that commits only Madame Page. The Secretary General of the UN was formal on this…” explained the Spokesman of the President of the Republic of Haiti, Jovenel Moise.

The Haitian President’s spokesman was not able to confirm whether Ms Page has been recalled permanently and would be replaced by someone else as the Special Representative of the U.N Secretary General in Haiti. 

Lucien Jurat believes that with the recent scandals involving many international organizations in Haiti, the country has changed its tune when it comes to Its relations with international partners. Relations with Haiti and Its international partners must be done in an atmosphere of mutual respect, that’s the message the current administration wants to send. According to the Haitian President’s spokesman.

“Haiti does not want to be a reckless country, but does not want to take the path of cowardice either…“ he clarifies further.

On February 27th, as the 29th Inter-sessional meeting of Heads of State and government of CARICOM  was taking place in Port-au-Prince, Susan Page published a statement applauding the appointment of special judges to oversee the PetroCaribe files while condemning that the same was not done to investigate police officers involved in two particular murder cases. The UN Special Representative, also reminded in the now infamous note, that Haiti was ranked as the most corrupt country in the region according to a latest Transparency International's ranking.

Haiti has since recalled Its ambassador to the U.N for consultations, and a high level UN meeting in NY which the Haitian President was suppose to attend, was postponed indefinitely.

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