Haiti - Security : Exceptional Summit of the PNH at the National Palace
Was present at the summit, the President Martelly, the Prime Minister, the Minister of the Interior, the two Presidents of the Commissions Justice and Security in Parliament, the Director General of the PNH, Ambassadors and representatives of major donor countries of the PNH namely : Germany, Brazil, Canada, France, Chile, the United States of America, Spain, Japan, Colombia and Norway, the Special Representative of Secretary-General of the United Nations in Haiti, the Commissioner of UN Police and representatives of civil society.
"It is imperative that we strengthen our PNH [National Police of Haiti] because the departure of the MINUSTAH is linked to our ability to maintain order and peace in the country [...] the police is an essential instrument in the establishment of the rule of law and in creating a secure environment attractive for investments that generate employment," declared the President Michel Martelly at the opening of the summit.
Mariano Fernández Amunátegui, the Special Representative of Secretary-General United Nations, acknowledged that "the time has come for a joint strategy of gradual withdrawal [of the MINUSTAH] whose role in security matters must be insured by the National Police of Haiti [...] a withdrawal based on the general improvement in security."
After more than two hours of intense discussions on the difficulties faced by the police institution and the solutions for its strengthening, participants agreed on a "new dynamic to support the development of the PNH," stated the Prime Minister, Laurent Lamothe.
On the basis of a presentation made by the Director General of National Police of Haiti, Mario Andrésol, on the Development Plan 2012-2016 of the PNH (prepared jointly with MINUSTAH), the participants have agreed on a gradual increase in the size of the PNHfrom 10.106 to 15.106 in 2016 (ie 5.000 police officers trained in four years for 6 new promotions) and a gradual increase yearly, of 10% of the budget allocated to the National Police.
"By 2016 we need $ 1.3 billion U.S. dollars [1,331,456.000] to be able to meet the objectives that we have set ourselves," indicated after the meeting, Lucien Jura, the Spokesman of the Presidency "The funds must come from the Treasury for 900 million and from the International Community to just over 400 million" adding that the Summit , had also committed on a career plan to "raise the living standards of police officers, with an accompanying salary and benefits [...] to attract a different clientele and have executives better trained and better prepared to confront the challenges ahead for the nation."
For his part, Jean-Renel Sanon, the Minister of Justice stated "[...] We were very satisfied with the meeting [...] very pleased with the presentation of the Director General of National Police of Haiti, has done, the various interventions of senators, parliamentarians and of the Civil Society that we have very much appreciated. [...] We decided to set up a Joint Monitoring Committee, of support to the National Police. Why ? Because there are different new body in the police, Because there are different new body in the police, that we must establish, for example: the Directorate of Border Police, the direction of the rural police and a project of a new rapid reaction force [...] like the 'Swat-Team'."
We discussed of these different bodies. The Minister of Justice intervened, the President spoke, all Ambassadors have intervened, globally we are very satisfied. Now we will set up budgets for all these police forces and we will work in this Commission with the Supreme Council of National Police (CSPN), the Presidency and 7 Embassies who participate in the Joint Commission [which will start meeting from next week].
Excerpts from the intervention of Michel Martelly
Excerpts from the intervention of Laurent Lamothe