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Permanent Representative of St. Kitts and Nevis Addresses UN Security Council on Haiti as CARICOM Caucus Chair

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by Kevon Browne

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): On Wednesday, July 3, 2024, H.E. Dr. Mutryce Williams, the Permanent Representative of St. Kitts and Nevis to the United Nations, addressed the United Nations Security Council regarding “The question concerning Haiti.”

Speaking as Chair of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Caucus for July and August, Ambassador Williams provided updates on the situation in Haiti, referencing the latest Report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH).

Ambassador Williams began by acknowledging recent progress in Haitian governance, including the official appointments of the Transitional Presidential Council and Transitional Prime Minister, H.E. Dr. Gary Conille, along with his Cabinet. She extended best wishes to Prime Minister Conille, who attended the meeting and highlighted CARICOM’s support for these developments.

Ambassador Williams expressed concerns regarding ongoing insecurity in Haiti, primarily due to violent gang activity. She stated, “The state of heightened insecurity in Haiti, perpetuated by ongoing violent gang activity, remains a serious concern to the region. As observed in the report, gang violence hampers the functioning of vital sectors. Tackling gang violence, therefore, remains one of the most pressing priorities to achieve stability in Haiti. Without this stability, it will be virtually impossible to make progress on other key fronts. Gang violence has manifested in varied ways, and CARICOM is deeply concerned that the number of intentional homicides has significantly risen over the reporting period.”

She continued, “We are also alarmed by the incidence of sexual violence against women and girls and by the recruitment of children. The demolition of three police stations and three prisons by gangs further exacerbates the operational limitations of those charged with preserving the rule of law in Haiti. These deliberate attacks on institutions that form part of the criminal justice system must be seen as strategic actions aimed at keeping the country in a state of lawlessness.”

Ambassador Williams acknowledged the Government of Kenya for deploying the first contingent of police officers to Haiti on June 25, 2024. This deployment is part of the Multinational Security Support (MSS) mission, authorised by United Nations Security Council Resolution 2699 (2023), which aims to support the Haitian National Police in re-establishing security and creating conditions conducive to holding elections.

Ambassador Williams also highlighted the humanitarian situation in Haiti, noting the underfunding of the 2024 Humanitarian Response Plan. She expressed particular concern over food insecurity and its impact on children. Additionally, she mentioned the increasing incidents of sexual violence against women and girls and the recruitment of children by gangs.

Speaking on behalf of the 14 Member States of the CARICOM Caucus, Ambassador Williams called on the international community.

“CARICOM issues a clarion call to the international community to accelerate its efforts and to take concrete actions to provide Haiti with the adequate support to build stronger democratic institutions and to restore peace, stability, and prosperity. Our collective action is paramount if Haiti is to overcome the multifaceted challenges it now faces.”

In concluding her address, CARICOM Caucus Chair Williams reaffirmed CARICOM’s solidarity and support for Haiti in its pursuit of a peaceful resolution to the ongoing crisis. She extended gratitude to all stakeholders supporting Haiti and reiterated the necessity of united efforts to bring about lasting peace and stability in the nation.

 

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