Security Council marks transition from 15 years of UN peacekeeping in Haiti
UN News/New York- Jean-Pierre Lacroix, UN Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, briefed ambassadors at the Security council on major developments and achievements during the peacekeeping period in Haiti.
“This chapter, which comes to an end today, was characterized by shared successes with the people of Haiti, the tragedy of the (2010) earthquake, and by lessons in what we should have done better. Today, we must think together about all these aspects: They are the basis on which we can go into the next stage of the partnership of Haiti with the United Nations,” he said.
In 2004, the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) was established in response to a deteriorating political and security situation.
MINUSTAH concluded its mandate in 2017 and was followed by a smaller mission that supported reinforcement of the Haitian National Police, Rule of Law institutions and promotion of human rights, known by the French acronym MINUJUSTH. Effective on Wednesday, the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH) will begin work on strengthening political stability and good governance through support of an inclusive national dialogue.
As Mr. Lacroix put it: The UN was turning the page on peacekeeping in Haiti “but we are not closing the book on United Nations support.”