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iciHaiti - Minujusth : Messages from the United States and the UN
17/10/2017 10:07:38

iciHaiti - Minujusth : Messages from the United States and the UN
On Monday, 16 October 2017, the United Nations Mission in Haiti (Minujusth), composed of 1,275 police officers and 350 civilians, officially began its two-year mandate. Recall that this is the 6th UN mission in Haiti over the past 25 years after 13 years of presence of peacekeepers in the framework of the Minustah.

Spokesman Heather Nauert of the US State Department and Spokesman of António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, issued a message in this context :

Message from the US Department of State :
"The United States welcomes the UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH), which begins operations today, October 16. We congratulate Haiti for its progress in achieving greater security and stability and recognize the conclusion of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) on October 15. We commend MINUSTAH for the contributions toward strengthening state institutions key to advancing Haiti’s long-term security, democratic development, and economic growth.

The transition to MINUJUSTH marks a turning point in Haiti: from stability efforts to a focus on justice and the rule of law. With MINUJUSTH, the Government of Haiti and the people of Haiti will take the lead in providing their own security and law enforcement. MINUJUSTH will focus on developing the Haitian National Police (HNP), strengthening the rule of law, and promoting human rights. Having demonstrated its ability to maintain stability and guard against security threats, the HNP has emerged as one of the most trusted governmental institutions in Haiti. The United States has supported the HNP for more than 20 years and will continue to do so. MINUJUSTH will also be a strong partner to help the Haitian government build the capacity of the HNP and bring reforms to the justice sector.

The United States believes the transition from MINUSTAH to MINUJUSTH can serve as a model for how UN peacekeeping missions should adapt as a country’s needs change and its political situation evolves. As a longstanding partner of Haiti, the United States looks forward to this new chapter in Haiti’s national story and will remain committed to working with the Government of Haiti and the international community to ensure a more secure, stable, and self-sufficient Haiti."

Message from the Secretary-General of the United Nations :
"The Secretary-General welcomes the establishment today of the United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH), following the end of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) mandate on 15 October.

The closure of MINUSTAH is a testament to Haiti’s progress over the past 13 years. The Secretary-General extends his gratitude to all civilian and uniformed personnel who served with MINUSTAH, as well as to troop- and police-contributing countries.

MINUJUSTH reflects the commitment of the United Nations to continue supporting the consolidation of peace and promotion of stability in Haiti.

MINUJUSTH will assist the Haitian Government to strengthen rule-of-law institutions, further develop the capacities of the national police and advance human rights. The national police can rely on operational support from MINUJUSTH, when needed, to maintain law and order throughout the territory.

The Secretary-General is confident that the Haitian people and Government will work in close partnership with MINUJUSTH and the United Nations country team to implement together joint priorities based on resolution 2350 (2017) and reflected in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development."

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