3638th Meeting of Security Council: Situation in Haiti - Part 1

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29-Feb-1996 01:27:20
Security Council extends the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Haiti (UNMIH) until 30 June at 3638th meeting.

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The Security Council this evening extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Haiti (UNMIH) for a final period of four months until 30 June, while decreasing the mission's troop level to no more than 1,200 and its civilian police personnel to no more than 300.

The Council took that action by unanimously adopting resolution 1048 (1996). The final extension of UNMIH is aimed at assisting the democratic Government of Haiti in fulfilling its responsibilities to sustain the secure and stable environment, which has been established and professionalized the Haitian National Police.

The Council requested the Secretary-General to take appropriate steps to further reduce UNMIH's strength consistent with the implementation of its mandate. The Secretary-General was further requested to initiate planning not later than 1 June for UNMIH's complete withdrawal and to report to the Council on the implementation of the resolution by 15 June, including information on activities by the United Nations system as a whole to promote the development of Haiti.

The Council requested all States to provide appropriate support for the actions undertaken by the United Nations and by Member States in the implementation of resolutions of the Council on Haiti. It reiterated the commitment of the international community and international financial institutions to assist and support the economic, social, and institutional development of Haiti and stressed its importance for sustaining a secure and stable environment in the country.

The Council appealed to Member States to make voluntary contributions to the trust fund established in Council resolution 975 (1995) for the support of the Haitian National Police.

Statements were made by the representatives of Haiti, Italy, on behalf of the European Community, Russian Federation, Indonesia, Botswana, Honduras, Republic of Korea, Poland, Guinea-Bissau, Egypt, China, United Kingdom, Chile, Germany, France, United States and Canada.

Citing his country's determination not to abandon Haiti at the current critical stage, the representative of Canada said his Government had decided to make essential military personnel available for the Mission, entirely at its own expense. However, it would have very much preferred to have seen the Council accept the Secretary-General's recommendations in their entirety, which sought to establish the minimum viable force required at an acceptable degree of risk.

"This is a collective UN responsibility and should be organized and resourced accordingly", he said. However, given the alternative of no force at all, Canada decided to bridge the gap between what the Council could agree on and the Secretary-General's requirements. That was "certainly not an ideal arrangement, and not one that we see as providing a model for future UN peace- keeping". All Member States should, through assessed contributions, help shoulder the burden of maintaining international peace and security, he said.

The meeting, which was called to order at 6:15 p.m., adjourned at 7:56 p.m.

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