Haiti's stabilization process hit a number of difficulties: Fisher

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Nigel Fisher

The stabilization process in Haiti had hit a number of difficulties — including a missed opportunity to hold elections last year — but the Caribbean nation could still surmount entrenched political divisions and launch institutional reforms vital for meeting the urgent security and economic needs of its citizens. That's what a senior United Nations official told the Security Council this week.

Nigel Fisher, Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Interim Head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), presented the Secretary-General's latest report on the Mission and addressed the fresh concerns of Council members that, just six months ago, had voiced cautious optimism about Haiti's direction.

” Progress continues to be made in finding alternative solutions for displaced Haitians remaining in camps. Displacement numbers continue to decline, although conditions for the residual camp population worsen as humanitarian resources shrink and international partners end operations. The cholera epidemic continues. Fatality and infection rates are much reduced from peak rates, although a recent spike in outbreaks gives us cause for concern. The government has launched the national eradication plan, supported by the Secretary-General's Initiative, but significant additional financing is required. The government also continued to deploy efforts to attract investors, to stimulate economic growth and job creation. Most recently, a new initiative has been launched to significantly reduce the time to register new businesses.”

NAR: The ongoing political impasse, a failure to hold elections — now 16 months overdue — and the need for a strong police and judiciary to handle the growing loss of patience among the Haitian electorate were also cited as major concerns of the members of the Security Council.

This is Donn Bobb reporting.

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