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HAITI | MINUSTAH to close down in six months

Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UNSG) and head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), Sandra Honoré. Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UNSG) and head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), Sandra Honoré.
UNITED NATIONS, Apr 12, CMC – The head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission (MINUSTAH), Sandra Honoré, says the mission will cease operations in Haiti within six months.

Addressing the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday, Honoré said that the progress achieved during the past 13 years in Haiti’s stabilization process is notable and it “is therefore timely to reshape the partnership among the international community, the United Nations and Haiti with a view to ensuring the sustainability of this progress.

MINUSTAH“It is with this in mind, that the Secretary-General has recommended the closure of MINUSTAH in six months from now and the establishment of a smaller peacekeeping operation with concentrated focus on the rule of law and police development, with strong good offices and human rights monitoring roles.

“With your support, the transition from MINUSTAH to a new and smaller Mission would be guided by a Joint Transition Plan that underpins the gradual transfer of tasks to the Government, international partners and the UN Country Team,” she added.

The UN mission, established in June 2004 by a UN Security Council resolution, succeeded a Multinational Interim Force (MIF) after then President Bertrand Aristide departed Haiti for exile in the aftermath of an armed conflict which spread to several cities across the country.

In January 2010, the Security Council, by resolution, endorsed the Secretary-General’s recommendation to increase the overall force levels of MINUSTAH to support the immediate recovery, reconstruction and stability efforts in the country.

Following the completion of Presidential elections in 2011, MINUSTAH has been working to fulfil its original mandate to restore a secure and stable environment, to promote the political process, to strengthen Haiti’s government institutions and rule-of-law-structures, as well as to promote and to protect human rights.

Honoré said that government leadership and ownership will be as crucial for a sustainable transition process that underpins the implementation of the Secretary-General’s recommendation for the future of the United Nations’ presence in Haiti as will be a shift in focus of the international community’s support, away from stabilization to institutional strengthening.

“I encourage the President of the Republic and the new government and Parliament to implement a program of institutional reforms aimed at strengthening governance at all levels and addressing the most pressing political and socio-economic problems.

“In the same vein, I call on Haiti’s international partners to forge a renewed partnership with the Haitian authorities and the Haitian people and to lend their support to the authorities in implementing the reforms in a coordinated manner that helps to consolidate the gains already achieved,” she added.

  • Countries: Haiti