Acting Head of State Jocelerme Privert of Haiti addresses the 71st United Nations General Assembly in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., September 23, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
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New York City- Haiti's October presidential election will be important to easing poverty,  as well as the migration crisis, acting President Jocelerme Privert told the United Nations General Assembly on Friday.

"The credibility of the upcoming election is vital to break with the cycle of instability and uncertainty which has beset my country for too long,"

Privert said that his government was aware of the many Haitians leaving to seek a better life elsewhere, causing a migration crisis in many South and Central American countries.

Privert's attendance at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City Friday, came just a day after the U.S Department of Homeland Security announced that the United States will end the special status given to undocumented Haitians following the devastating earthquake in 2010; and that illegal Haitian migrants reaching US borders will be deported.

More than 5,000 Haitians have entered the United States without visas this fiscal year through Oct. 1, according to Department of Homeland Security officials, up from 339 in fiscal year 2015.

"The new leaders will urgently need to address the structural problems which persistently undermine Haiti's effort to move out of underdevelopment,".

"If conditions improve at home, fewer Haitians would risk the hazardous journey to the United States." Said the interim leader, in ligne with the opinion of the President of Panama, an important transit route for these migrants.

Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela said earlier this week that stability in Haiti is the best way to ease the flow.

"We have to pay attention to the electoral process in Haiti, to support its institutions and its economy. If not, there will be the new crisis in America. It's not going to be people from Central America or Mexico any more. It will be Haiti," Varela said in an interview.