Security Council reaffirms commitment to Haiti

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The UN Mission in Haiti Community Violence Reduction section (CVR) undertakes a joint pilot project with the Direction Nationale de l'Eau Potable et de l'Assainissement (DINEPA) to install water filter systems and provide hygiene training in Cité Soleil, Port au Prince. Photo: UN/MINUSTAH/Nektarios Markogiannis

A new period of stability in Haiti has provided "an important window of opportunity" that will help to put the country on the path to sustainable development, according to the president of the UN Security Council.

Ambassador Sacha Sergio Llorentty Soliz of Bolivia was speaking in the capital, Port-au-Prince, on Saturday, at the end of the Council's three-day visit to the Caribbean nation.

Dianne Penn reports.

The visit provided the 15 ambassadors with a first-hand look at how best the UN can contribute to stability and development in Haiti.

At  a press conference in the capital, Mr Llorenty, the Council president for June, reaffirmed its commitment to Haiti's government and people.

In April, the Council extended the mandate of the UN mission in the country, MINUSTAH, for a final six months.

It will be replaced by a smaller operation that will work with the authorities to strengthen rule-of-law institutions.

The follow-on mission also will further develop and support the national police and engage in human rights monitoring, reporting and analysis.

Ambassador Llorenty told journalists that "Haiti has fortunately entered a new period of stability, providing an important window of opportunity for the government and other state institutions to be able to bring forward a programme of reform so needed to allow Haiti to join the path of sustainable development."

Dianne Penn, United Nations.


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