UN / HAITI PRESIDENT ASSASSINATION REAX

07-Jul-2021 00:03:14
Secretary-General António Guterres condemned “in the strongest terms” the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, calling “on all Haitians to preserve the constitutional order, remain united in the face of this abhorrent act and reject all violence.” UNIFEED / FILE
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DATELINE: 7 JULY 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

7 JULY 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric at the dais
3. Wide shot, journalists
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The Secretary-General condemned in the strongest terms the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse of Haiti. The perpetrators of this crime must be brought to justice. The Secretary-General extends his deepest condolences to the people and Government of Haiti and the family of the late President. The Secretary-General calls on all Haitians to preserve the constitutional order, remain united in the face of this abhorrent act and reject all violence. The United Nations will continue to stand with the Government and the people of Haiti.”
5. Wide shot, journalists
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The SRSG is meeting with her senior staff. She is in constant contact with the acting Prime Minister of Haiti, Claude Joseph. She is calling on the Haitian authorities to ensure, I mean, really on the Haitian people to ensure calm. Her discussion with the Prime Minister is really about how to coordinate, to help Haitian authorities coordinate support for the government, and also assist on the continuity issues, and also very much a call to respect the rule of law.”
7. Med shot, journalists
8. SOUNDBITE (French) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Le Secrétaire Général de l’ONU condamne dans les termes les plus forts l'assassinat du Président Jovenel Moïse de la République d'Haïti. Les auteurs de ce crime doivent être traduits en justice. Le Secrétaire Général présente ses plus sincères condoléances au peuple et au Gouvernement haïtiens ainsi qu'à la famille de feu le Président. Le Secrétaire général appelle tous les Haïtiens à préserver l'ordre constitutionnel, à rester unis face à cet acte odieux et à rejeter toute violence. L'ONU continuera d'être aux côtés du Gouvernement et du peuple haïtiens.”
9. Zoom out, end of presser

FILE - 4 NOVEMBER 2017, LES CAYES, HAITI

10. Wide shot, Deputy Secretary-General Mohammed Amina J. Mohammed, being greeted by Haitian President Jovenel Moïse
11. Wide shot, Haitian President speaking to Mohammed
12. Close up, Haitian President

FILE - 4 NOVEMBER 2017, CAMP-PÉRIN, HAITI

13. Wide shot, Haitian President speaking to Mohammed by "Caravane de Changement" project

FILE - 22 JUNE 2017, PORT AU PRINCE, HAITI

14. Pan right, group photo of Security Council and Haitian government representatives
15. Various shots, meeting between Security Council representatives and President of Haiti Jovenel Moïse

FILE - 24 SEPTEMBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

16. Med shot, President Jovenel Moïse speaking on recorded message for the 2020 General Assembly General Debate
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Secretary-General António Guterres today (7 Jul) condemned “in the strongest terms” the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, calling “on all Haitians to preserve the constitutional order, remain united in the face of this abhorrent act and reject all violence.”

In a message read by spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric, the Secretary-General said, “the perpetrators of this crime must be brought to justice” and extended his “deepest condolences to the people and Government of Haiti and the family of the late President,” and stressed that “the United Nations will continue to stand with the Government and the people of Haiti.”

Dujarric said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) in Haiti, Helen La Lime, “is in constant contact with the acting Prime Minister of Haiti, Claude Joseph,” and is calling on the Haitian authorities and people “to ensure calm.”

He said the goal of the SRSG’s discussions with Prime Minister Joseph is “to help Haitian authorities coordinate support for the government, and also assist on the continuity issues, and also very much a call to respect the rule of law.”

President Moïse, 53, was shot dead in an overnight attack in his private residence in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince. His wife, Martine, was also injured and is receiving treatment, according to media reports.

The entrepreneur and politician was elected in November 2016 and began serving the following February.

Haiti is the poorest country in the Americas, and has experienced serious political, economic, and humanitarian challenges in recent years.

Six prime ministers have been appointed since the late President took office, with a seventh appointed this week who has yet to be sworn in.

Last month, La Lime, briefed the Security Council on the worsening socioeconomic conditions in the country, rising gang violence, resurgence of COVID-19, and the “ever-growing polarization of Haitian politics”.
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