International assistance must be aligned with Haiti's priorities: CARICOM

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Ambassador Rodney Charles of Trinidad and Tobago addressing the Security Council. [UN Photo/JC McIlwaine]

CARICOM – the Caribbean Community has welcomed plans to encourage investment which will play a critical role in spurring the social and economic development of Haiti.

Trinidad and Tobago's representative Ambassador Rodney Charles, speaking on behalf of CARICOM, told the UN Security Council that nevertheless, we submit that international assistance must be aligned with Haiti’s national priorities to ensure that there is appropriate national ownership of programmes intended to benefit the Haitian people.

“We also applaud the strides made by the Haitian Government to achieve certain political milestones which are indicative of progress. We remain optimistic that the forward momentum achieved thus far will be sustained and that all parties involved in the political process would be able to rise above the differences that exist among them and, in the spirit of compromise, work together to put in place the machinery for the holding of the overdue partial senatorial, municipal and local elections….CARICOM notes the progress made in upholding the rule of law in Haiti as exemplified in the government’s “5 E” policy programme which lists the rule of law as one of its pillars. We are heartened by the reduction in civil unrest and of homicides and kidnappings as well as by the fact that the political and security situation in the country has remained relatively stable with a notable decrease in major crimes.”

Ambassador Charles noted that there have been a number of other positive developments in Haiti following the devastating earthquake in 2010 and the further destruction caused following hurricane Sandy last year.

“CARICOM, however, remains gravely concerned about declining international aid to sustain the rehabilitation work in Haiti. This situation is worrisome in the midst of the hurricane season when Haiti remains vulnerable to the effects of devastating storms. We therefore urge all parties to pay outstanding

contributions to ensure the timely execution of the mandates of United Nations Peacekeeping Missions whose work is crucial to the fostering of peace, security, stability, the protection of human rights and the promotion of development in respective States…. While progress has been made in several areas, Haiti

continues to experience a political, social and economic crisis and, as such, the discussion at hand should not be whether MINUSTAH should conclude its operation, but rather focused on addressing the changes required in Haiti, as well as in the Mission to ensure that a phased withdrawal is linked to stronger institutions and

underpinned by progress toward lasting stability.”

Trinidad and Tobago's Ambassador Rodney Charles stressed that CARICOM remains committed to working together with other partners in the international community in support of the agenda of the Haitian Government and MINUSTAH’s

efforts in this regard, to facilitate lasting stability as well as the social and economic development of Haiti.

This is Donn Bobb reporting.

Duration: 2’59″

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