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Haiti - UN : Intervention on Haiti by American Ambassador Robert Wood
23/04/2024 10:40:28

Haiti - UN : Intervention on Haiti by American Ambassador Robert Wood
Monday April 22, 2024, after the presentation on the situation in Haiti https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-42179-haiti-security-council-periodic-presentation-on-the-situation-in-haiti.html by videoconference of Maria Isabel Salvador, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Haiti and Head of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH) before the United Nations Security Council, American Ambassador Robert Wood, Alternative Representative for Special Political Affairs to the UN is declared in a speech :

"[...] Madam President. And thank you, SRSG Salvador, UNODC Executive Director Waly, and UNICEF Executive Director Russell, for your briefings today, and for all the work you and your teams are doing – often in challenging, even dangerous conditions – to foster a more secure Haiti.

I also welcome the representative of Haiti and the Foreign Minister of the Dominican Republic to this meeting.

Madam President. Since we last met on this topic, we have seen signs of progress in Haiti.

The United States commends the Haitian National Police, including its specialized units who have conducted successful counter-gang operations, who continue to improve coordination and incident management.

And we welcome the announcement of a Transitional Presidential Council.

This inclusive, broad-based TPC brings together most of the major political parties in Haiti, as well as key stakeholders from the private sector, religious communities, and civil society.

And its establishment is a positive step towards resolving Haiti’s political and security crisis, laying the groundwork for free and fair elections, and deploying the MSS mission.

Much work lies ahead. Still, this announcement is a much-needed glimmer of hope for the Haitian people, who continue to suffer from indiscriminate violence and horrific human rights abuses.

Today, power-hungry gangs continue to attack civilians, police units, and critical infrastructure.

Gang control of key transport routes and economic activity has restricted freedom of movement, while increasing the difficulty, cost, and risk involved with obtaining necessary goods and services.

As a result, a growing number of Haitians face food insecurity.

It’s clear that the people of Haiti need humanitarian assistance. They need the violence to abate. And they need a more stable political situation, with a clear return to a democratic path.

The deployment of a Multinational Security Support mission will help achieve these goals.

This mission seeks to build capacity and provide operational support to the Haitian National Police, helping them counter gangs and improve security conditions.

It will help prevent, mitigate, and address human rights abuses, while engaging with Haitian civil society and communities to build trust.

And it will operate with accountability and oversight, including measures to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse, and meaningfully include women-led and civil society organizations.

In other words, it will help stabilize security and humanitarian conditions, while the TPC works to pave the way for free and fair elections.

But in order for the MSS mission to succeed, it needs your support, both financial and in-kind.

And so, as we look towards the future, let us all commit to rallying international assistance for this effort, and supporting partners like CARICOM as they work to improve the situation on the ground.

Let us back the renewal of the BINUH mandate as a sign of support and solidarity with the Haitian people.

And let us work to not only address the crisis facing Haiti today, but tackle its root causes, encouraging wider participation and engagement.

Together, we can help efforts like the MSS succeed, and set the country back on the path to stability and democracy. The people of Haiti deserve nothing less.

Thank you, Madam President."


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