PORT-AU-PRINCE: The formation of a new government in Haiti has been welcomed by The United Nations and its international partners, one week after the country’s parliament became “dysfunctional” due to its failure to hold elections within its constitutional framework.
The UN 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, the United States and the European Union, as well as the special representative of the Organization of American States – welcomed the installation of Prime Minister Evans Paul, the formation of the government, as well as the establishment of the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) last week.
In a press release, 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”.
The press release said 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”.
On January 12, 2010, a devastating earthquake struck Haiti, killing more than more than 220,000 people as well as 102 UN staff. The quake severely damaged the nation’s already fragile 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.