Overall security situation in Haiti remains "relatively stable" UN envoy

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Sandra Honoré

The situation in Haiti has remained relatively calm since March, according to the head of the UN Stabilization Mission in the country (MINUSTAH).

In her Briefing to the Security Council on Wednesday, Special representative of the Secretary-General Sandra Honoré of Trinidad and Tobago said there has been a decrease in both civil unrest and major crimes in Haiti.

She told the Council that with the support of the UN Police, the performance of the Haitian National Police has improved as it continues to assume increased responsibility for the provision of internal security.

"The overall security situation in Haiti has remained relatively stable. Statistics show a downward trend in homicides, kidnappings and incidents of violent civil unrest during the first half of this year as compared to the same period in 2012. However, we have recently seen the occurrence of more politically motivated protests linking socio-economic grievances with broader anti-government messages, including dissatisfaction with the ongoing stalemate." (35")

The stalemate that Ambassador Honoré is referring to is between the executive and the legislature regarding partial senatorial, municipal and local elections that were due to be held in January last year.

She said MINUSTAH is working with the Haitian authorities to resolve the impasse.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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