Security situation in Haiti is stable but vulnerable, UN envoy

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Mariano Fernandez

The security situation in Haiti is stable but vulnerable as the country continues to face the problem of extreme poverty.

That's what the head of the United Nations Mission in the Caribbean country, Mariano Fernandez told the Security Council on Wednesday.

Mr. Fernandez said that after eight years of work by the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), security gains are obvious.

However, he added, efforts to consolidate the rule of law have to be maintained to see the full dividends of stability.

"We can describe the security situation in Haiti as stable but with the vulnerability of a society which is in a stabilization process with very precarious socio-economic indicators of extreme poverty which affects major sectors of the country. In the sense, I can add that the information provided in March on poverty, illiteracy, education, etc. have practically not changed."

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Mr. Fernandez said MINUSTAH is now working to help establish a permanent Electoral Council which would be widely accepted.

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