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The UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti since 2004, will be over in the next six months

Posted by hougansydney.com on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 Under: Security

The UN Stabilization Mission for Haiti ( MINUSTAH ) will conclude its work in six months thanks to the general improvement of the conditions in the country, the head of the mission told the UN Security Council today.

Sandra Honoré said that in the 13 years of MINUSTAH's presence, the Caribbean country has made significant progress towards stability, so it is time to adjust the collaboration between the international community, the UN and Haiti. 

However, she stressed that there are still political challenges that impede uniform progress and make the country need some support, Honoré told the assembly at the session of the Security Council. 

"The mission will close on October 15 and the Secretary-General has recommended a successor mission focusing on the rule of law and the accompaniment of the Haitian National Police in the field of human rights and the exercise of good offices. We believe that with the recently installed Government of Haiti and with the progress of the political process, civil society is ready. In addition, the UN will remain in Haiti as it has done over the years, with the presence of its agencies, " she said. 

The head of MINUSTAH highlighted the role of the Haitian National Police in stabilizing the country and said that it currently has 14,000 officers and has demonstrated the ability to plan and execute complex operations. 

Despite all the progress however, the special representative of the United Nations Secretary General in Haiti, told the Security Council that the UN support was still needed to secure the transition.

Head of MINUSTAH said UN support in Haiti still needed to "secure the transition"

The Haitian government said that it also supports the six months framework for the complete withdrawal of UN peacekeepers throughout the country as well as a lighter international presence, with a new mission which will focus on the Rule of Law. 

The Japanese mission said that "Japan was pleased that elections were held successfully and commended Haiti's ownership of the process; a milestone for its strengthened democracy. "
The Japanese representative encouraged the Haitian government to build on the progress that the National Police has made over the years to create a more effective and accountable rule of law and justice.

Spain for Its part, while it was pleased that Haiti no longer needed a peacekeeping operations after 13 years, the Representative of the Spanish crown told the UN Secretary General that Spain "regretted that there was very little room left to the new government to find its feet and weigh in on the  draw down of the Stabilization Mission."

Canada was also in favor of a smaller international operation in Haiti. " This new operation of peace will play an essential role through notably the continued reinforcement of the capacity of the Haitian National Police and the necessary consolidation of the Rule of Law. " Said Ambassador Marc Andre Blanchard.

"The democratic rooting as well as peace and security are imposed at the same time as the founding and the necessary ingredients indispensable to a larger prosperity for the Haitian population as a whole, with a particular attention given to women, children and people who are most vulnerable." continued the diplomat.

For France, Haiti should continue to improve its police force instead of creating an army, as the new Haitian president wants to do.

The Russian Representative to the United Nations during the debate meeting of the Security Council on the future of MINUSTAH said that "We are convinced the situation remains quite tenuous." And thought that the peacekeeping mission should continue.

The issue of the cholera epidemic, which is still killing some 400 people every month, was also brought up during the special meeting. Cholera was introduced in Haiti by UN nepalese peacekeepers after dumping raw sewage into the country's longest river. The nepalese were deployed in Haiti following a devastating earthquake in 2010, without taking a vaccination against the waterborne illness which was ravaging nepal at the time.

It took six years for the then UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon to apologize on behalf of the organization for its role in an epidemic which has since claimed the lives of over 10.000 and sickened over 800.000 more.

Ban Ki-moon "profoundly sorry" for U.N role in deadly cholera outbreak in Haiti

Brazil, at the Special meeting today said that it was "alarming that 440 Haitians are still dying to the disease.

The United Nations has still not been able to raise the $400 million that Ban Ki moon had estimated was needed to paid damages to victims and financed Haiti's potable water infrastructures; only a little over 2 million has so far been put together.     

The UN Security Council meeting on the situation in Haiti  finally came to an end. A formal vote on the future of Minustah is expected Thursday morning.

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