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Statement by Ambassador WU Haitao at the Security Council Debate on Haiti

2017/10/12

I thank the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Ms. Sandra Honoré, for her briefing. The United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) will officially conclude its mission and be superseded by the United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH), thereby ushering in a new era in Haiti.

Since 2004, MINUSTAH, in the face of an earthquake, hurricanes and other hardships, has played an important role in promoting the stability and development of Haiti. More than 100 United Nations peacekeepers, including eight from China, have made the ultimate sacrifice in Haiti, and China commends and pays tribute to MINUSTAH, Special Representative Honoré and all the former Heads of the Mission for their invaluable contributions. MINUSTAH’s orderly withdrawal has helped maintain a stable situation in Haiti, creating conditions conducive to MINUJUSTH’s smooth deployment. China looks to MINUJUSTH, the United Nations country team and other entities to strengthen their coordination and consolidate the progress achieved by MINUSTAH, thereby making an even greater contribution to Haiti’s overall stability and development.

MINUJUSTH cannot stay in Haiti indefinitely. The final solution to the question of Haiti will hinge on the efforts of the Haitian Government. Along with other relevant parties, the Government should work diligently to take on the responsibility of maintaining the country’s stability and development of the country. This will entail enhancing its self-development capacities, reinforcing the rule of law, conducting constructive national dialogue, implementing the strategic development plan of the National Police for 2017-2021, with stable funding and working to ensure security in the country as a whole as quickly as possible.

The humanitarian situation in Haiti remains grim. China hopes that the international community will increase its assistance so as to help Haiti eliminate cholera, improve its capabilities in food security and disaster reduction and prevention, and help provide more support to Haiti in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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