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Statement by Ambassador Liu Jieyi at the Security Council Debate on Haiti

2013/08/28

 

Mr. President,

The Chinese delegation welcomes the Defence Minister of Argentina, Mr. Rossi, to the Council to preside over today's meeting. I thank you, Sir, and other colleagues for the words of welcome extended to me. I look forward to close cooperation with all colleagues in the future in our joint efforts to advance the work of the Security Council. China also thanks Special Representative of the Secretary-General Honoré for her briefing on the situation in Haiti.

The Haitian situation has continued to register good progress. The Government has been making vigorous efforts in implementing policies on employment, education, the environment, energy and the rule of law, as well as in enhancing its capacity-building. Remarkable progress has been achieved in reconstruction after the 2010 earthquake. China welcomes those developments. At the same time Haiti still faces challenges in its political process, economic development and the humanitarian situation. Peaceful reconstruction remains an arduous task that requires the continuing support and assistance of the international community. I would like to focus on the following three points.

First, continue to consolidate a democratic stabilization process in Haiti. We hope that all the relevant Haitian parties will put the interests of the nation and the people first, enhance their dialogue and political consultations, achieve proper solutions of disputes, promptly reach consensus on senatorial and local Government elections and further promote the Haitian democratic process and political reconciliation.

Second, continue to advance economic development and reconstruction of Haiti. We call on the international community to effectively honour its pledges of aid to Haiti and be constructively engaged in the country's national reconstruction. The cholera situation in Haiti remains grim. China supports the Secretary-General's initiative, announced in February, to eradicate cholera in the country. We call on Member States to continue to provide resources and technical support in that regard.

Third, continue to give play to the important role of the United Nations in Haiti. China appreciates the efforts and contributions by Special Representative of the Secretary-General Honoré and MINUSTAH for the maintenance of peace and stability in Haiti. We welcome the Secretary-General's recommendation on a continued reconfiguration of MINUSTAH and the extension of its mandate for an additional year. China hopes that MINUSTAH will continue to implement Security Council mandates, help maintain security and stability in Haiti, promote the political process and strengthen the rule of law and the capacity-building of Government institutions. In that reconfiguration process, MINUSTAH would be well advised to extensively heed the views of all sides and proceed in a steady manner.

Thank you, Mr. President.

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