UN Undersecretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations reiterated to President Moise, commitment of MINUJUSTH to leave within 2 years

Posted by hougansydney.com on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 Under: Security

The UN Undersecretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Binto Keita, arrived in Haiti yesterday, her first visit in the Caribbean nation, to evaluate the progress of the Mission of the United Nations for Justice in Haiti (MINUJUSTH),  a smaller mission, which replaced MINUSTAH in October of last year after nearly 14 years in the country.

During her visit in the Haitian Capital, Mrs Binto met with the Head of MINUJUSTH, Susan Page, as well as officials of all the other UN agencies deployed in Haiti.

For Bintou, the United Nations must seized on the political stability in Haiti so that MINUJUSTH can wrap up Its mission by the Spring of 2020. The Under Secretary reiterated the commitment of  MINUJUSTH to Peace, Justice and the effectiveness of Haitian institutions.

The subject of the cholera epidemic introduced to Haiti by Nepalese UN peacekeepers in the country following the earthquake in 2010, which claimed the lives of more than 10.000 Haitians and sickened more that 800.000 more, was not brought up during the meeting. The United Nations which after nearly seven years of utter denial, had apologize for its role in the outbreak, has since promised a $400 million package to compensate victims and help rebuild Haiti’s potable water system, but not a penny of that money has yet been given to any victims as the UN has not been able to raise more than a pittance of $10 million of said promised funds.

Following the meeting with representatives of the different UN agencies in Haiti on Monday, February 5th; Mrs Bintou Keita, earlier today, along with Susan Page, met with President Jovenel Moise, Prime Minister Jacques Guy Lafontant and other cabinet officials. 

Bintou Keita transmitted the commitment of the United Nations to accompany the government towards the end of the United Nations Peacekeeping operations in Haiti within two years.

The decision of MINUJUSTH to remain in Haiti for two years, even though its initial mandate only gave it six months, is very controversial in Haiti and has shown weakness in the government of President Jovenel Moise, whom despite wanting an end to this mission, since Haiti has not been at war with another country nor with itself, has not been able to terminate it.

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