U.N Security Council's three days visit in Haiti, clouds by UN failure on cholera epidemic

Posted by hougansydney.com on Sunday, June 25, 2017 Under: Diplomacy
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The United Nations Security Council, led by the Permanent Representative of Bolivia and current President of the Council, Sacha Sergio Llorrenti, wrapped up its three days visit in Haiti on Saturday June 24th.

During the visit, the Council delegation met with President Jovenel Moïse, member of his Cabinet, parliamentarians, national police, judicial officials, and civil society and private-sector representatives.

 “I am glad to report that the objectives of the visit were met,” Sacha Sergio Llorentty Soliz, told a press conference in Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince.

The purpose of the visit was to review the implementation of Resolution 2350 of 2017, which establishes the closure of the current UN mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) since 2004, and the transition to a new Mission for Support to Justice (MINUSJUSTH). 

“With this visit, we have reaffirmed the Security Council's commitment towards the government and the people of Haiti and towards its institutional strengthening in order to contribute to its stability and development,” reiterated the head of the Security Council.

While the UN Security Council is claiming that the visit was a success, the response of the Haitian people to their delegation arriving in the country, not to announce reparation for the cholera epidemic introduced by UN nepalese troops which has killed more than 11.000 and infected over 880.000 more, but rather to oversee the implementation of a new U.N mission, has caused widespread angry mass protests throughout the capital city and elsewhere, for the entirety of the visit.

Despite the rejection of any new United Nations mission in the country, the Security Council insists that the aim of MINUSJUSTH will be to help the Haitian Government strengthen the rule-of-law in institutions, further develop and support the Haitian National Police and engage in human rights monitoring, reporting and analysis.

The hottest issue of cholera was not really addressed by the Security Council as the United Nations is struggling to raise the $400 million it deemed were necessary to eradicate the malady and compensate the victims. So far less than 1% of that fund has been raised as the UN still has no new plans on how to fulfill its obligation on the Haitian cholera fiasco. 

The UN Security Council also encourage Haitian politicians to do more to help Haiti achieve its goal of reducing poverty and being and emergent economy by the year 2030.

Haiti has fortunately entered a new period of stability, providing an important window of opportunity for the government and other state institutions to be able to bring forward a program of reform so needed to allow Haiti to join the path of sustainable development,” Mr. Llorentty said, while at the same time feeling "particularly encouraged by the government and legislature's clear commitment to resolutely address the country's challenges in the field of rule of law and governance, and place an emphasis on strengthen judiciary oversight and accountability. We are equally encouraged by the authorities' commitment to further strengthen Haitian national police,”

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