UN Security Council meets about Haiti crisis

By Rumi Samuel Published on January 24, 2023
UN Security Council meets about Haiti crisis

The UN Security Council is meeting today about the ongoing crisis in Haiti, trying to find ways to resolve a situation which has critically affected the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. 

Haiti and the neighbouring Dominican Republic are a key part of this meeting, along with Special UN Representative Helen La Lime, who will advise on the latest developments.

On December 21st, Haiti Prime Minister Ariel Henri signed a document entitled: "The National Consensus for an inclusive transition and transparent elections", along with political parties and civil organisations’ private sector members. It stipulates a fourteen-month transition period preparing for a General Election this year for a new Government to be up and running by next year.

This involves the establishment of a new High Transitional Council and a Control Body, which will be responsible for establishing dialogue amongst the various factions, plus the functioning of public institutions. And they support the immediate deployment of international security assistance as requested by the Prime Minister on October 7th. 

This crisis started, then worsened, following the assassination of President Jovenal Moise in July 2021.

Today is the first meeting for members of the Latin American and Caribbean Group. Its new member Mozambique replaces Mexico. 

Stopping gang mayhem is one of its primary aims. There can be no lasting peace without this. 

Rumi Samuel

Rumi Samuel

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