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Haiti - Politic : Interventions of the PM at the international visionconference on the Haitian crisis
22/01/2022 09:47:41

Haiti - Politic : Interventions of the PM at the international visionconference on the Haitian crisis
Friday, January 21, 2022, Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, chaired the meeting by videoconference https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-35754-haiti-politic-meeting-of-the-international-community-on-haiti.html on the crisis in Haiti, which brought together no less than 17 countries and many international organizations. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Acting Prime Minister Ariel Henry ensured the opening of these meetings during which the international community reaffirmed its solidarity with Haiti and underlined the importance of promoting solutions developed by and for Haitians.

In his speeches, Prime Minister Henry declared :

"I extend my thanks to all the countries and international organizations that continue to support Haiti in this particularly trying time. Thank you for taking the time to reflect on what is happening in Haiti.

Today, the main concern of my compatriots is insecurity and blind terrorism which considerably disrupt everyday life, sow grief in families and isolate several departments of the country from the rest of the country. South.

There is an urgent need to address these problems and find lasting solutions. I am convinced that the root cause of such a situation lies mainly in the abject poverty in which a significant part of our population lives.

This is a necessity if we want to achieve the objectives we have set ourselves for this interim period, which are, among other things : the return to normal functioning of our democratic institutions, the handing over of power to elected officials as soon as possible.

In the coming days, the transitional bodies will be formally constituted. It is the authority to control and monitor government action, the Provisional Electoral Council and the National Constituent Assembly.

[...] I know that your respective countries and organizations feel concerned by the deterioration of the political climate since the heinous assassination of the President of the Republic https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-34162-haiti-flash-president-jovenel-moise-assassinated-by-mercenaries-official-updated-7am-+-video.html , as well as the assassination attempt on my person recently in Gonaïves https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-35632-haiti-flash-assassination-attempt-against-prime-minister-henry.html .

I can also add the dysfunction of democratic institutions, the rise of insecurity which translates into blind acts of terrorism and the devastating effects of the repeated natural disasters which affect my country.

[...] My government is more determined than ever to bring the investigation into the assassination of President Jovenel Mose to a successful conclusion. The perpetrators and sponsors of this heinous crime must be prosecuted and punished.

[...] February 7 does not mark the end of the mandate of the Government, which is responsible for organizing free and democratic elections. The next tenant of the National Palace will be a president elected freely by all the Haitian people.

There is no legal or constitutional provision that authorizes anyone to arrogate the right to appoint a provisional President. I hope that everyone will come to understand that such initiatives only deepen divisions.

[...] I sincerely hope that the commitments you will make today will materialize quickly, so that, in the coming months, a security climate, conducive to investments and the organization of elections, will be established in Haiti."

Regarding the continuation of the Prime Minister after February 7, 2022, Brian A. Nichols, T$
*he Under Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the United States Department of State, in a press note from the Creole Voice Service of America at the end of the meeting declared "The mandate of Prime Minister Ariel Henry is not linked to the mandate of the late President [Jovenel Moïse] on February 7. What the Haitian people are hoping for is progress so that they have elections and a democratically elected President. This is what the government is currently working on. I do not believe that the Haitian people are focused on the date of February 7" adding "The United States and the international community want to ensure before, that the National Police of Haiti (PNH) is ready to face the insecurity"

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