UN / HAITI

15-Jul-2022 00:02:43
As Haiti faces spiralling gang violence, the Security-Council unanimously adopted a resolution extending the mandate of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH) for another year. UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 15 JULY 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

15 JULY 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Various shots, Security Council vote
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeffrey DeLaurentis, Senior Adviser for Special Political Affairs in the United Nations, United States:
“The mandate reflects the key challenges facing Haiti, including the need to address illegal arms trafficking and illicit financial flows, and that the Security Council is ready to consider taking measures as appropriate to address these challenges. Coordinated and enhanced support from the international community remains essential to promoting stability in Haiti. Once again, we must also note, it is long past time for Haiti’s stakeholders to set aside their differences and to reach agreement on a political framework.”
5. Wide shot, Council
6. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Zhang Jun, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, China:
“Haiti itself is not a producer of weapons. Yet, the weapons possessed by the gangs, far outcompete those of the National Police in quantity and quality, which indicates that the illicit trafficking in and proliferation of weapons are a source of the ever-escalating gang violence. Council members, while supporting Haiti in beefing up its own security capabilities, should also act in coordination and unity by banning the participation of their citizens in the trafficking of weapons to Haiti and preventing their territories from being used for such purposes. This is a necessary step in effectively containing the violent activities of gangs, and a minimum requirement in showing solidarity with the Haitian people. Regrettably, the resolution has failed to provide for this in the strongest of terms. We hope that this will not send any wrong signals to the gangs.”
7. Wide shot, Council
8. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Dmitry A. Polyanskiy, First Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Russian Federation:
“We wonder whether or not the Council is taking the right stance time after time in its decisions. And this is because we hear increasingly loud voices from the Haitians when they say that the Mission has become part of the problem, rather than the solution. One thing is clear here, without an urgently launched wide-ranging dialogue to determine what are the ways and timelines which are acceptable to Haitians to resolve the crisis, will not be possible to untie the other knots here. Therefore, the main task for the Special Political Mission is to help in establishing political dialogue. The Council needs to make sure that its decisions ultimately ensure that the Haitians can on their own and without outside oversight, resolve their issues.”
9. Wide shot, Council
STORYLINE
As Haiti faces spiralling gang violence, the Security-Council today (15 Jul) unanimously adopted a resolution extending the mandate of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH) for another year.

The United States Representative Jeffrey DeLaurentis told the Council that the new mandate “reflects the key challenges facing Haiti, including the need to address illegal arms trafficking and illicit financial flows, and that the Security Council is ready to consider taking measures as appropriate to address these challenges.”

DeLaurentis stressed that “it is long past time for Haiti’s stakeholders to set aside their differences and to reach agreement on a political framework” that would lead to elections.

The resolution was drafted by Mexico and the United States.

China’s Ambassador Zhang Jun told the Council that “the weapons possessed by the gangs, far outcompete those of the National Police in quantity and quality, which indicates that the illicit trafficking in and proliferation of weapons are a source of the ever-escalating gang violence.”

He called on Council members to “act in coordination and unity” to ban Haiti’s citizens participation “in the trafficking of weapons to Haiti and preventing their territories from being used for such purposes.”

Jun said “regrettably, the resolution has failed to provide for this in the strongest of terms. We hope that this will not send any wrong signals to the gangs.”

For his part, Russian Ambassador Dmitry A. Polyanskiy said, “we wonder whether or not the Council is taking the right stance time after time in its decisions. And this is because we hear increasingly loud voices from the Haitians when they say that the Mission has become part of the problem, rather than the solution.”

He said, “one thing is clear here, without an urgently launched wide-ranging dialogue to determine what are the ways and timelines which are acceptable to Haitians to resolve the crisis, will not be possible to untie the other knots here.”

Polyanskiy stressed that “the main task for the Special Political Mission is to help in establishing political dialogue” and added that “the Council needs to make sure that its decisions ultimately ensure that the Haitians can on their own and without outside oversight, resolve their issues.”

Clashes between armed gangs broke out on 7 July, and continued this morning in Cité Soleil, in the capital of Port-au-Prince. The population of nearly 300,000 people is trapped in Cité Soleil, as all roads in and out of this part of the city are under the control of the gangs.

At least 99 people have died, with 135 people injured and more than 2,500 people having fled their homes in recent days.
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