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UN Special Representative for Haiti Helen La Lime told the Security Council that the situation in the country remains fraught and highly polarized despite some signs of progress and stressed that “now is not the time to let Haiti fall off the agenda.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 18 FEBRUARY 2022, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

18 FEBRUARY 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Wide shot, Haitian ambassador being seated at Security Council
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Helen La Lime, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Haiti and Head of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH):
“Negotiations among proponents of competing transition governance models have now reached the stage where success will be determined by their collective willingness to compromise. The contours of a common vision shared by all will ultimately depend on Haitian stakeholders placing the national interest above their own aspirations and being flexible on the finer points of the process.”
5. Wide shot, Security Council
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Helen La Lime, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Haiti and Head of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH):
“As we speak, gang violence continues to plunge major urban centers into lawlessness and grief. Criminal armed groups have a strong hold on the economic and social lives of millions of children, women and men. Their indiscriminate use of abduction, murder, as well as sexual and gender-based violence as a means to terrorize local populations in the fight to extend their territorial control is particularly abhorrent.”
7. Wide shot, Security Council
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Helen La Lime, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Haiti and Head of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH):
“Some seven months after the ghastly assassination of President Moïse, the national investigation into his murder has stalled, a situation that fuels rumours and exacerbates both suspicion and mistrust within the country.”
9. Wide shot, Security Council
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Helen La Lime, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Haiti and Head of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH):
“For Haiti to emerge from the acute political and institutional crisis in which it is plunged, it is imperative that all Haitian leaders resolve to engage constructively with one another to steer the country towards a process that will allow elections to occur. The international community must also continue to engage with the Haitian government and other stakeholders not only to support efforts to create the necessary security and political conditions for the holding of national elections, but also to ensure that urgent structural reforms are undertaken to tackle gang violence, address impunity and corruption, strengthen the justice system and transform the economy in a sustainable manner. Now is not the time to let Haiti fall off the agenda.”
11. Wide shot, Security Council
12. SOUNDBITE (French) Antonio Rodrigue, Permanent Representative of Haiti to the United Nations:
"At a time when the Government call for justice to be done for the President and his family, we no longer have a parliament capable of playing the role assigned to the legislative arm of government. It is imperative to return as quickly as possible to the smooth functioning of our institutions. This is indeed a prerequisite to return lasting peace and stability to the country. The Government is working tirelessly to build sufficient consensus in order to put the country once again on the path towards democracy."
13. Wide shot, Security Council

STORYLINE:

UN Special Representative for Haiti Helen La Lime told the Security Council that the situation in the country remains fraught and highly polarized despite some signs of progress and stressed that “now is not the time to let Haiti fall off the agenda.”

Addressing the Council today (18 Feb) via teleconference, La Lime said Prime Minister Ariel Henry has continued to engage with actors from across the political spectrum to gain consensus around a single, unified vision that would lead to the restoration of fully functional, democratically elected institutions.

She said, “Negotiations among proponents of competing transition governance models have now reached the stage where success will be determined by their collective willingness to compromise. The contours of a common vision shared by all will ultimately depend on Haitian stakeholders placing the national interest above their own aspirations and being flexible on the finer points of the process.”

La Lime also highlighted the gang violence which “continues to plunge major urban centres into lawlessness and grief.” She said, “Criminal armed groups have a strong hold on the economic and social lives of millions of children, women and men. Their indiscriminate use of abduction, murder, as well as sexual and gender-based violence as a means to terrorize local populations in the fight to extend their territorial control is particularly abhorrent.”

The Special Representative said the gang phenomenon cannot be addressed through policing alone. She stressed that a law enforcement approach, which incorporates a greater control of the illegal flow of weapons, needs to be complemented by socio-economic projects and reintegration activities aimed at generating employment and revenue in the neighbourhoods most affected by the scourge of gang violence.

La Lime said Impunity represents another intractable phenomenon which Haiti urgently needs to address. She said, “Some seven months after the ghastly assassination of President Moïse, the national investigation into his murder has stalled, a situation that fuels rumours and exacerbates both suspicion and mistrust within the country.”

The Special Representative said while collective efforts have succeeded, overall, the lack of impact and effectiveness of development aid over many years in the country requires the international community to collectively formulate a new approach premised on a deeper coordination of international efforts and a real partnership with Haitian authorities and Haitian actors.

She said, “For Haiti to emerge from the acute political and institutional crisis in which it is plunged, it is imperative that all Haitian leaders resolve to engage constructively with one another to steer the country towards a process that will allow elections to occur. The international community must also continue to engage with the Haitian government and other stakeholders not only to support efforts to create the necessary security and political conditions for the holding of national elections, but also to ensure that urgent structural reforms are undertaken to tackle gang violence, address impunity and corruption, strengthen the justice system and transform the economy in a sustainable manner. Now is not the time to let Haiti fall off the agenda.”

Haitian ambassador Antonio Rodrigue said the situation in his country was marked by the dysfunction of all democratic institutions. He said the killing of President Moïse has not helped, adding that the judicial system is weak and has done nothing to shed light on this tragedy.

Rodrigue said, "At a time when the Government call for justice to be done for the President and his family, we no longer have a parliament capable of playing the role assigned to the legislative arm of government. It is imperative to return as quickly as possible to the smooth functioning of our institutions. This is indeed a prerequisite to return lasting peace and stability to the country. The Government is working tirelessly to build sufficient consensus in order to put the country once again on the path towards democracy.”
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