Haiti: UN, international partners hail formation of Government, urge 'credible' elections
The United Nations and its international partners have welcomed the formation of a new Government in Haiti one week after the country's Parliament became “dysfunctional” due to its failure to hold elections within its constitutional framework.
The Secretary-General's Special Representative in Haiti, Sandra Honoré, and other members of the international community represented in the “Core Group” – comprising the Ambassadors of Brazil, Canada, France, Spain, United States, and the European Union, as well as the Special Representative of the Organization of American States – today welcomed the installation of Prime Minister Evans Paul, the formation of the Government, as well as the establishment of the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP).
In a press release, Ms. Honoré and the “Core Group” encouraged the new Government to create “the political and security conditions necessary to guarantee the organization of fair, credible and inclusive elections” and said that the Group's members were “pleased” that the newly established CEP could pursue its activities in “full independence, with a view to guaranteeing the transparency and impartiality of the electoral process.”
In addition, the press release added, the “Core Group” continued to support the efforts of all stakeholders “to reinforce stability, consolidate democracy and restore the functioning of the country's institutions.”
Five years ago, on 12 January 2010 a devastating earthquake struck Haiti killing more than more than 220,000 people as well as 102 UN staff, delivering a major blow to country's already shaky economy, infrastructure and political landscape.
As a result, the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti's (MINUSTAH) mandate was immediately increased to help the country's recovery, reconstruction and stability efforts. The Security Council subsequently requested MINUSTAH to further provide logistical support and technical expertise to assist Haiti's Government to continue operations to build the capacity of its rule of law institutions at the national and local level.