15 May 2006
Security Council
SC/8719

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Security Council

5438th Meeting (PM)


Security Council congratulates haitian president on inauguration,


calls on new parliamentarians to work for better future

 


Presidential Statement Stresses Remaining Challenges

Facing Country; Need to Reform Police, Judiciary, Correctional Systems


The Security Council congratulated René García Préval today on his inauguration as President of Haiti and called on all the newly-elected parliamentarians to work constructively to build a better future for their country.


In a statement read out by Basile Ikouebe ( Congo), its President for May, the Council also stressed that the timely holding of municipal, local and remaining parliamentary elections was fundamental to democratic governance.


The Council also underlined that many challenges remained to be tackled, including the need to ensure a secure and stable environment in Haiti, strengthen its democratic institutions, foster national reconciliation, inclusiveness and political dialogue, promote and protect human rights and the rule of law, and build governmental capacity.


In addition, the Council emphasized the need to reform and strengthen Haiti’s police, judiciary and correctional systems, and, in that regard, looked forward to the results of the discussions between the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) and the new authorities on how to address those and other security-related issues.


Recognizing that development remained essential to Haiti’s stability, the Council also called on donors and relevant stakeholders to continue to assess and coordinate assistance priorities, in close cooperation with the new Government.  Furthermore, the Council expressed its full support for MINUSTAH’s continued efforts and those of the international community to assist Haiti in its ongoing transition.  It requested MINUSTAH to work closely with the new authorities in the implementation of its mandate.  In that connection, it looked forward to the report of the Secretary-General on whether to restructure the Mission’s mandate and reiterated its willingness to cooperate with the newly-elected authorities to address the long-term challenges facing Haiti.


The meeting began at 12:14 p.m. and ended at 12:20 p.m.


Presidential Statement


The full text of presidential statement S/PRST/2006/22, reads as follows:


“The Security Council congratulates René García Préval on his inauguration as President of Haiti.  The Council also congratulates all newly-elected parliamentarians and calls upon them to recognize the importance of the mandate given to them by the Haitian people to work constructively to build a better future for their country.  To this end, the Council urges the executive and legislative powers to establish a fruitful and collaborative relationship.  The Council stresses that the timely holding of municipal, local and remaining parliamentary elections is fundamental to democratic governance.


“The Security Council underlines that many challenges remain to be tackled, including the need to ensure a secure and stable environment in Haiti, strengthen its democratic institutions, foster national reconciliation, inclusiveness and political dialogue, promote and protect human rights and the rule of law, and build governmental capacity, and welcomes Mr. Préval’s commitment in this regard.  The Council also emphasizes the need to reform and strengthen Haiti’s police, judiciary, and correctional systems, and, in this regard, looks forward to the results of the discussions between MINUSTAH and the new authorities on how to address these and other security related issues.  Recognizing that development remains essential to Haiti’s stability, the Council calls on donors and relevant stakeholders to continue to assess and coordinate assistance priorities, in close cooperation with the new government, taking into account existing mechanisms such as the Interim Cooperation Framework.  The Council reiterates the need for the quick implementation of highly visible and labour intensive projects that help to create jobs and deliver basic social services.  In this regard, the Council looks forward to the upcoming meeting to be held in Brasilia on 23 May.


“The Security Council welcomes CARICOM’s intention to reintegrate Haiti fully into the activities of the Community.  The Council also expresses its appreciation for the contribution of the Organization of the American States to the electoral process.  In this regard, the Council supports the commitment of the new Haitian authorities to enhance cooperation with regional partners in order to address issues related to regional stability.


“The Security Council expresses its full support for the continued efforts by MINUSTAH and the international community to assist Haiti in its ongoing transition, and requests that MINUSTAH work closely with the new authorities in the implementation of its mandate.  The Council looks forward to the report of the Secretary-General requested in resolution 1658 (2006) on whether to restructure MINUSTAH’s mandate and reiterates its willingness to cooperate with the newly-elected authorities to address the long-term challenges facing Haiti.  The Council would like also to thank the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for his tireless efforts and dedication to the success of the United Nations presence in Haiti.”


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