The high-level UN meeting on Cholera, which Haitian President decided not to attend, is scheduled for another date, said his Spokesman

Posted by on Friday, March 2, 2018 Under: Diplomacy
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The Spokesman of the Haitian President, Lucien Jurat, said that the high level U.N meeting on Cholera last Wednesday in New York, which the Haitian President, Jovenel Moise, was suppose to attend, but decided to cancel his attendance last minute following the diplomatic fallout between the Haitian government and the Special Representative of the UN’s Secretary General in the country, over the sensitive issues of PetroCaribe corruption and alleged abuse of Police officers; was postponed to another date, without specifying which date in particular.

Haiti and the United Nations has recently found themselves engaged in public disputes after Susan Page, the head of the U.N Mission in Haiti for Support of Justice (MINUJUSTH), released a note, applauding a lawsuit filed by regular citizens on the issues of Petrocaribe which resulted in the appointment of special juges, while also condemning that the same was not done to investigate the murders of many citizens by Haitian Police in two particular cases. 

Almost immediately after the note was made public Haiti’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs had released its own press note condemning the “appalling “ statement of Susan Page, summoning her to explain the comments. The Haitian Ambassador to the United Nations, Denis Regis, was also recalled for consultation.

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The Haitian government rejected Page's statements and said that they occured at a time when the authorities are working for stability and peace, and condemned that "others dictate what the country has to do."

"The statement by the representative of the UN Secretary-General in Haiti and the head of the MIMUJUSTH comes at a time when the country is calm," said the Foreign Ministry in a statement. 

The Haitian Foreign Ministry regretted that the representative of the UN issued these statements just at the time that organization directs the international search for funds to help the victims of cholera.

Petro Caribe is the oil loan program launched by the late Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez, which allowed participating countries to buy oil products at preferential terms. Savings from PetroCaribe which amounted to more than $2 billion, were suppose to finance social projects, but a damning 686 pages Senatorial investigative report concluded that most of that money had been mostly “ wasted, mismanaged and embezzled” in what the report concluded was essentially a large scale state fraud.

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