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Haiti - FLASH : Disconnected and irresponsible remarks of Chancellor Généus at the UN
28/09/2022 09:49:02

Haiti - FLASH : Disconnected and irresponsible remarks of Chancellor Généus at the UN
On Monday, September 26, 2022, Haitian Chancellor Jean Victor Généus made disconnected and irresponsible remarks on the reality of Haiti before the UN Security Council, which provoked strong reactions in Haiti, in particular from the main employers' associations, which , in an open letter to Prime Minister Ariel Henry dated September 27, asks him to officially intervene and correct the words of Chancellor Généus…

Note that his remarks contradict the speech of Prime Minister Ariel Henry that Chancellor Généus himself read on Saturday September 14 during the 77th Ordinary Session of the United Nations General Assembly...

Letter from employers associations :

"Mr. Prime Minister,

The Employers' Associations signatories of this letter were flabbergasted upon reading the official message conveyed by the Haitian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Généus, before the United Nations Security Council, Monday, September 26, 2022.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs said we quote him '[...] I am able to announce that with the exception of a few Isolated cases, the situation is generally under control and calm has returned to several parts of the country [...]' end of quote.

The boards of directors of ADIH (Association of Industries of Haiti), AmCham (American Chamber of Commerce in Haiti), ATH (Tourist Association of Haiti), CCIH (Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Haiti), and the CCIHC (Haitiano-Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Industry) were deeply surprised by these Irresponsible remarks made by Minister Généus before the UN Security Council, because they in no way reflect the reality of the current situation in the country.

Indeed, the signatory employers' associations assume that the Prime Minister is well informed of the socio-political unrest that has reigned across the country since Monday, September 12th. These unrest have systematically paralyzed all sectors of activity throughout the territory, causing the closure of businesses, schools, and even state offices. The scenes of looting and burning of gas stations. private companies, private residences, sites of international organizations, and even state institutions, the blocking of a large number of streets with 'barricades' preventing any movement of goods and people, the effective blocking by gang leaders of the oil terminals to prevent the free distribution of these strategic products, the violent movements of groups of the population to maintain this climate, and the movements of popular demonstrations are facts that describe the reality of Haitian life current.

It is a fact that the National Police of Haiti, despite its limited means, tried by punctual actions to restore order, however It is also a fact that in no case can we speak today of a "situation under control" when activities remain paralyzed, when the country is on strike, when here it is impossible to obtain fuel throughout the territory, when several hospitals close their doors. when kidnappings and rapes are common occurrences, when access to the Grand Sud and Grand Nord departments is impossible, when thousands of Haitians remain displaced from their homes by armed gangs, when Haitians survive in fear.

We can only imagine the Minister of Foreign Affairs being perhaps outside to local affairs must have been misinformed by telling the UN Security Council that 'the situation is under control'.

However, given the consequences of such a declaration, the employers' associations believe that it is the duty of the Government to quickly remedy this diplomatic blunder, by offering a new official message that is truthful to the UN Security Council, for the inform about the reality on the territory.

We hope, Prime Minister. that you will understand the merits of our approach, and will know how to take the appropriate actions to restore the truth, the credibility and the image of the Haitian Government.

Please accept, Prime Minister, our patriotic greetings. »

Cc: General Secretariat of the United Nations (UN)


Laurent Saint-Cyr - President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Haiti (CCIH)

Wilhelm Lmeke, President, Association of Industries of Haiti (ADIH)

Raina Forbin, President, Tourist Association of Haiti (ATH)

Jean-Philippe Boisson, President, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Canada-Haitian (CCICH)

Michelle Mourra, President, American Chamber of Commerce in Haiti (AmCham Haiti)

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