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In her final briefing to the Security Council, the outgoing top United Nations official in Haiti, Sandra Honoré said “tireless efforts will be required, not only by the Haitian authorities, but by all Haitian actors to consolidate” gains achieved during thirteen years long presence of the peacekeeping mission in the country. UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 12 OCTOBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Wide shot, exterior, UN Headquarters

12 OCTOBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, delegates
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Sandra Honoré, Special-Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Haiti:
“The Haitian people enjoy a considerable degree of security and greater stability. Political violence has diminished considerably, armed gangs no longer hold the population hostage. Also thanks to the work of the national police, now 14 000 strong, which has grown significantly in numbers and capacity.
5. Med shot, delegates
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Sandra Honoré, Special-Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Haiti:
“All three branches of power are in place with executive and legislative branches restored to full functioning while the superior council of the judiciary, created for the first time in 2012, remains in need of the long-term fixes to allow it to fully play its role as the guardian of an independent and impartial judicial system.”
7. Wide shot, Council in meeting
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Sandra Honoré, Special-Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Haiti:
“Those achievements and many others which I have not mentioned while significant, are only initial steps. Tireless efforts will be required, not only by the Haitian authorities, but by all Haitian actors to consolidate these gains, ensure continuing political stability, sustain and re-enforce the functioning democratic institutions and further improve their delivery in the interest of the Haitian people with the continued support of Haiti’s international friends and partners.”
9. Wide shot, Council in meeting

STORYLINE:

As the mandate of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) is drawing to an end, Sandra Honoré, Special-Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Haiti and MINUSTAH chief, told the Security Council in New York today that comparing to the situation in the country in 2004, “the Haitian people enjoy a considerable degree of security and greater stability. Political violence has diminished considerably, armed gangs no longer hold the population hostage.”

Honoré added in “all three branches of power are in place with executive and legislative branches restored to full functioning.”

The Security Council decided that the mandate of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) should end October 15th 2017, and to replace it with a follow-up peacekeeping mission that would help the Government of Haiti strengthen rule-of-law institutions, further develop and support the Haitian National Police and engage in human rights monitoring, reporting and analysis.

In her briefing, Honoré told the Council’s members “tireless efforts will be required, not only by the Haitian authorities, but by all Haitian actors to consolidate these gains, ensure continuing political stability, sustain and re-enforce the functioning democratic institutions and further improve their delivery in the interest of the Haitian people with the continued support of Haiti’s international friends and partners.”

The United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) was established on 1 June 2004 by Security Council resolution 1542 PDF Document. The UN mission succeeded a Multinational Interim Force (MIF) authorized by the Security Council in February 2004 after President Bertrand Aristide departed Haiti for exile in the aftermath of an armed conflict which spread to several cities across the country.
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