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Haiti - Diplomacy : Tribute to President Jovenel Moïse at the UN (Speech)
Speech at the UN :
"Excellency ladies and gentlemen, friends,
On behalf of the Secretary-General, it is with great sadness in my heart that I am before you this morning. Together with the Government and the Haitian people, we mourn the death of His Excellency President Jovenel Moïse https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-34162-haiti-flash-president-jovenel-moise-assassinated-by-mercenaries-official-updated-7am-+-video.html .
Today we say goodbye not only to a Head of State, but also to a friend, a father, a husband.
We offer our condolences and pay tribute to his wife, the First Lady, Martine https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-34201-haiti-flash-authenticated-message-from-the-first-lady-martine-moise-audio.html , as well as to the children, Jomarlie, Joverlein and Jovenel Jr. Condolences also to all Haitians who see in this tragic death a blow to the dignity and sovereignty of a people, a blow to democracy.
I visited Haiti in 2017 when President Moïse took office.
We traveled to the south of the country, where he showed me with great pride, projects in the fields of agriculture, infrastructure and energy that he would carry out across the country. With great joy, he invited me to sit beside him on this bulldozer that a woman was driving, to pierce the roads leading to several villages in the region.
Then we saw and understood his vision of a Haiti with electricity everywhere, with sustainable infrastructure and a strong agricultural sector.
As President Moïse understood the many complex challenges facing him could not be met in any way. He has greatly influenced our efforts to advance conflict prevention, maintain and consolidate Peace in Haiti.
Under his Presidency, Haiti has seen the transmission of cholera stop, the last case reported was in February 2019. Next year, we can announce that this disease is completely eradicated. We would have liked so much for him to announce it, but it won't.
Haiti is already going through many difficult times. The United Nations in a partnership with Haiti is there to help Haiti move from an emergency approach to a sustainable solution, from an assistance approach to a transversal approach of investment and cooperation for sustainable development, the democracy and opportunity for all.
The Haitian people have never ceased to fight for dignity and justice. This proud Nation has represented these values ever since it became the first independent state in the Caribbean, when it freed itself from slavery and colonial control over 200 years ago.
I firmly believe that these values will allow Haiti and its people to get through this difficult period and achieve a future of lasting peace and prosperity for all.
Rest in Peace President. We will never forget you."
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