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Statement by Ambassador LIU Jieyi at the Debate of MINUSTAH

2016/03/17

I thank you, Sir, for convening today's meeting. China listened carefully to the briefing by Special Representative of the Secretary-General Honoré.

Thanks to the joint efforts of all parties, the interim Government of Haiti has been established. The second round of presidential elections is scheduled to be held in April, and a new Government is expected to be formed in May. We hope that this process will create new opportunities for peace and stability in Haiti. The recent situation in Haiti has been calm on the whole, but it is still complex and fragile. The security situation has deteriorated, and the country faces difficulties in economic development and a grim humanitarian situation. It still has a long way to go in peace building and reconstruction. China hopes that the international community will focus its assistance on the following three areas.

First, we must do all we can to facilitate the holding of elections on schedule. China hopes that all parties in Haiti will remain united and resolve their differences through dialogue and consultation in order to maintain the country's stability and create conditions conducive to the holding of the second round of presidential elections and the establishment of the new Government. We hope that the relevant regional organizations will continue to provide assistance and support to the electoral process on the basis of respect for Haitian ownership.

Secondly, we should help Haiti to accelerate its economic development and improve its humanitarian situation. The Haitian Government should take the long view, strive for development - which is the master key to solving its problems - formulate its development strategy in the light of the country's situation, improve infrastructure and the investment environment, step up its efforts in agriculture, tourism and other important sectors, enhance its capacities in epidemic prevention and disaster relief, advance the rule of law, increase its support for the displaced, and enhance social synergies. The international community should honour its commitments to Haiti in a timely manner and disburse funds for humanitarian relief so that the Government can achieve development as soon as possible.

Thirdly, proper arrangements must be made for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). Under the leadership of its Head, Ms. Honoré, MINUSTAH has played an important role in advancing Haiti's electoral process and maintaining security and stability in the country, for which China offers its thanks. Pursuant to resolution 2243 (2015), the future of MINUSTAH will be placed on the Council's agenda following the elections. China hopes that, based on the full assessment of the country's security situation and enhanced communication with the Government, the Secretariat and the Council will come up with reasonable and feasible arrangements concerning the future of MINUSTAH that will ensure stability in Haiti and the smooth functioning of the new Government

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