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Haiti - Reconstruction : Handover of the Parliament keys and the speech of Edmond Mulet
21/04/2011 11:20:15

Haiti - Reconstruction : Handover of the Parliament keys and the speech of Edmond Mulet
Edmond Mulet, Special Representative of the Secretary General of the UN in Haiti, delivered yesterday at a brief ceremony, the keys of the prefabricated offices that will house temporarily the Parliament on the site of its old building destroyed during the earthquake of January 12, 2010, to Kelly Bastien, the President of Senate.

This initiative of the Minustah, proposed to the authorities in last February, given the delay in the construction of a building of transition [under construction at the Bicentenaire], aims to enable the opening and the holding of the next parliamentary session of the 49th Legislature, scheduled April 27, 2011.

The temporary offices of the Parliament consist to five prefabricated premises with air-conditioned who include : a large room which can accommodate 230 people, reserved to the Chamber of Deputies and to the work of both Chambers in National Assembly, a room that can accommodate 150 people and used to house the meetings of the Senate, a space that can accommodate hundreds of government officials; another that can host meetings of the parliamentary committees and, finally, a space to house the offices of the presidents of both chambers. The funds allocated to this project by the Minustah amounted to nearly $ 700,000. The United Nations Programme for Development has also contributed to the infrastructure Transitional of the Parliament, providing two large power generators that will supply the local electricity and computers for the services of the Parliament Secretariat.

During the ceremony, in his speech for the occasion, Edmond Mulet, wanted a productive session to the newly elected and to all parliamentarians. The President of the Senate for his part, warmly thanked the Minustah for this initiative and welcomed "the effective support that the Mission provides to the Parliament through its section of support to this institution [...] The Minustah also called Stabilization Mission, is not only a force of peacekeepers and police working in the security sphere. It also has a mandate to support capacity building of national institutions [...] Today I would like to thank the Mission and the Special Representative of the Secretary General in Haiti for their dynamism and their constant willingness to contribute to the research of solutions."

Speech of Edmond Mulet :
Mr. the President of Senate
Distinguished Secretaries General,
Distinguished colleagues and friends,

We are joined together today to give to the Haitian Parliament the keys of these temporary buildings built by the United Nations during the last two months. This modest contribution of the Stabilization mission of the United Nations in Haiti and the Program of the United Nations for the development will allow the Senate of the Republic and the Chamber of Deputies to start their work without delay, while waiting for that more adapted transitory structure either built in the next months.

I am particularly happy to take part in this unveiling. Being myself a former member of Parliament, I am conscious of the fundamental role of the Legislative power and I attach a particular importance to the prerogatives of the Parliament within the Haitian political regime. In fact, my first visit in Haiti was as Parlementaire in 1991, whereas I was member of the Guatemalan Congress.

However, I could not deny that I test today a mitigated satisfaction. On the one hand, as I already said, the Parliament will be able to resume its work and to harness itself with the rebuilding of the country in.liaison.with the other powers. In addition, I will not hide you that I estimate that a National parliament should ideally be placed in a building which reflects the statute of the institution. In a certain way, these temporary buildings are with the image of the country, which in spite of the extent of devastation the shortly after the earthquake, made the choice to be proudly raised to rebuild and continue the democratic process, even if that implies to do it under difficult conditions. These structures are neither ideal nor luxurious, but they have the advantage of being there; indeed, anything else could not have been set up in the time which was assigned to us.

The construction of these temporary buildings is based on a collaboration of long time between the Minustah and the Haitian Parliament. By the means of its Unit of support at the Parliament, the Minustah accompanies the two rooms, the legislators, the commissions, and the secretariat-generals in order to facilitate work of the Parliament since 2006. I can confirm that the Unit of support will have buildings soon at the Bicentenary and that my collaborators will redouble efforts to assist you.

The Parliament plays a leading role in the Haitian democracy. Amongst other things, it votes the laws, adopts the budget and assumes a certain control on the management of the public affairs by the government. Its 129 legislators, coming from all the communities and all the social layers, are the reflection of the Haitian company. I thus invite you, dear parliamentary colleagues and civils servant of the Parliament, to work in a collegial way to promotion of the superior interests of the nation. Certain files will be discussed, others will be complex, but I do not have any doubt but the legislators who will be sworn in soon will be able to find solutions national with the challenges with which Haiti is confronted. It will fall in particular on the 49th legislature to build on the assets of the preceding legislature and to develop a profitable relation with the new government.

2010 were one year difficult for the country. Politically, I believe that today, we enter a new era. The publication of the final results by the CEP buckles the process of transfer of the constitutional power started the shortly after the earthquake of January 12th, 2010. You will remember that the political situation in the months which followed the catastrophe was tended. Some insisted on the respect of the constitutional order and the continuity of the democratic process, whereas others preached the return to a situation of extraconstitutionnelle transition. The elected officials who will lend soon oath made the choice of the respect of the right and seized the attachment of the population to 25 last years the democratic assets. I am delighted by the modest part played by the Minustah to support this political process.

I congratulate the newly-elected representatives, who had courage to present themselves in front of their fellow-citizens to share their vision of rebuilt Haiti, richer, more stable and just.

Dear friends, I concluded these remarks while wishing in advance with the newly-elected representatives, and all the members of Parliament, a profitable session. They will need a commitment without fault to reinforce the Rule of law, within the framework of their responsibilities as legislators. They will need imagination to back up economic development, social and democratic of Haiti by instigating and modernizing the existing laws. They will have to show the abnegation which the difficult circumstances inherited after earthquake require. They will need the direction of the conciliation which will allow that beyond the differences in opinion, the community property of this proud and courageous nation triumphs. I am trustful that they will be able to find the ways of answering the legitimate aspirations of those which gave them their vote.

I thank you."

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