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Haiti - FLASH : The Haitian Government support the new UN mission
13/04/2017 09:09:32

Haiti - FLASH : The Haitian Government support the new UN mission
On Tuesday, Haiti's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Haitian Ambassador Denis Régis declared in his statement to the Security Council, that Haiti supported the extension of the mandate of the Minustah for 6 months in order to operate its gradual withdrawal as well as the recommendation to the Security Council to establish a new mission in Haiti whose functions will focus on strengthening the rule of law and the police.

Extracts from the intervention of Ambassador Régis at the UN :

"[...] Regarding the MINUSTAH's mandate, there is a perfect convergence of views between the United Nations and the Government of Haiti on the gradual and orderly withdrawal of MINUSTAH after 13 years of presence in Haiti. The Haitian Government considers the 'consolidation of achievements' in terms of security and stability to be essential. The phased withdrawal of the military and civilian components of MINUSTAH should enable the Haitian institutions concerned to effectively assume the functions of the Mission. Consequently, both parties must agree on a timetable for withdrawal that can not give rise to any kind of security vacuum. The proposed transition period thus responds to the common concern that the Haitian National Police has an adequate capacity over time to assume the full responsibility for the country's security needs and to 'face all threats of instability within the country, irrespective of an international presence in uniform'.

That is why the Government of Haiti supports the Secretary-General's recommendation on 'extending the mandate of MINUSTAH for a final period of six months', with the initial deadline extended to 15 October 2017. He also endorses the recommendationm made to the Security Council to establish under a new name, a new presence, whose functions will be focused mainly on strengthening the rule of law and police. In this context, the Government of Haiti agrees with the terms of the transition, including :

- The complete but staggered withdrawal of the 2,370 members of the military component during the transition period;

- The reduction in the number of police units formed (UPC) - and in the number of individual police officers;

- The participation of the new mission in the implementation of the Strategic Development Plan of the Haitian National Police;

The integration of the activities of the new mission to the United Nations country team in the consideration of the remaining needs of Haiti's stabilization as well as its 'role of good offices' in support of political stability and good governance.

The guiding principle should guide the role and future United Nations presence in Haiti is to ensure a responsible transition, which builds on the achievements of the past 13 years while meeting the priority needs for stabilization and capacity building of country, note the Secretary-General. The Government of Haiti adheres to this vision. It will continue to work closely with the United Nations to ensure the full success of this new phase of their cooperation. It also hopes that the United Nations' appeal to a new impetus for solidarity with Haiti would be widely respected by the international community [...]"

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