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Haiti - FLASH : Mandate of the Minustah unanimously renewed
14/10/2016 10:43:44

Haiti - FLASH : Mandate of the Minustah unanimously renewed
Thursday morning, the Security Council renewed the mandate of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (Minustah), without major changes in its configuration or objectives, for six months, until 15 April 2017.

"Unanimously adopting resolution 2313 (2016), the 15-member body maintained the current authorized troop strength of up to 2,370 military personnel and 2,601 police, as recommended by the Secretary-General in his latest report which was presented to the Council on 11 October by the Mission’s head, Sandra Honoré https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-18555-haiti-flash-towards-an-extension-of-mandate-of-the-minustah.html [...] the Council called for the transition to a future United Nations presence to begin no sooner than the date of the Minustah mandate expiration next year, while requesting the Secretary-General to present a strategic assessment for that purpose by that time, preferably after the inauguration of a newly elected President.

Any consequent adjustments to the force configuration, it affirmed, should take into account the situation on the ground and increased Haitian capacities in maintaining a secure and stable environment, in particular the ongoing strengthening of the Haitian National Police."

In the resolution it is wrote about the PNH "[...] the capacity of the PNH has continued to improve, and they have demonstrated their determination to provide for the safety and security of the Haitian people and noting that they are not yet operationally independent and continue to rely on international support including from Minustah, in fulfilling their constitutional mandate [...] the importance of adequate funding for the Haitian National Police to enhance its logistic, administrative and operational capacities, and encouraging the Government of Haiti to take advantage of the support being provided by the international community to guarantee the provision of adequate security for the Haitian people and calling on all international partners to strengthen their coordination in this regard." Underlines "the need to ensure effective support from the Government of Haiti and its international and regional partners for the HNP, in order to achieve the goals of a minimum of 15,000 fully operational serving police officers by the revised target date of end 2017, adequate logistic and administrative capacity, accountability and respect for human rights and rule of law, a robust vetting process, enhanced recruitment procedures and training, strengthened land and maritime border control, and improved deterrence of transnational organized crime."

The resolution reiterates that "the PNH’s capacity-building remains a most critical task for Minustah; requests Minustah to continue its efforts to strengthen the institutional and operational capacities of the HNP, in particular by renewed efforts to mentor and train police and corrections personnel, including at intermediate rank levels; calls on Minustah to align skills of UNPOL personnel to support these objectives and provide skilled trainers and technical advisers."

Also the resolution underlines "the need to further strengthen Haitian judicial and correctional systems, in order to support a more integrated and cohesive Haitian security sector, noting the slow progress towards consolidating the rule of law and calling on Haitian authorities to continue to pursue efforts aimed at strengthening rule of law institutions and ending impunity."

Also the resolution appeals the "Government of Haiti and development partners to redouble efforts to use existing mechanisms for the tracking of assistance in order to increase transparency, coordination and alignment with Haitian development priorities."

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