The Question Concerning Haiti - Security Council, 9368th Meeting

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The Question Concerning Haiti - Security Council, 9368th Meeting

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International Security Force Needed to Support Haiti in Tackling Worsening Crisis, Curb Gangs’ Brutal Violence, Speakers Tell Security Council. Amid a protracted political impasse and deteriorating security and humanitarian situations in Haiti, briefers and senior officials urged the Security Council today to examine ways to address the multifaceted crisis, including the possible deployment of an international security force to curb armed gangs’ brutal violence in the beleaguered and embattled Caribbean country.

“The robust international force must complement and strengthen, not replace, the Haitian National Police,” said María Isabel Salvador, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH) in her briefing to the 15-nation organ. The dire security situation with vigilante groups adds another layer of complexity. Further, sexual violence continues to be used by gangs to terrorize and inflict pain on populations and neighbourhoods under the control of rivals.

Although there is widespread backing for the deployment of such a force, discussions regarding the presence of an international force could elicit mixed reactions, she noted. However, since her appointment, she, herself, has heard appeals for this international security support. Further, she asked for a renewal of BINUH’s mandate and requested that the special political mission be adequately resourced to effectively and efficiently deliver its mandate to help Haiti out of these crises.

In the ensuing debate, Member States, decrying the worsening situations in the country, called for concerted international efforts to tackle the multidimensional crisis and offered their views on ways to alleviate the tremendous sufferings on Haitians.

The meeting began at 3:03 p.m. and ended at 5:18 p.m.
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