Statement by Mr.Dmitry Polyansky, First Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations, at the Security Council on the sitiation in Haiti
We thank Assistant Secretary-General Ms. Bintou Keita for her briefing on the situation in Haiti and on the work of the United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti.
We are also grateful for the very useful and enlightening presentation on the achievements of the Mission. We must acknowledge the objectivity of the alarming assessments in the report of the SecretaryGeneral (S/2018/795) that the already fragile security situation has recently been undergoing new trials, notably the mass protests being staged around the country.
Regrettably, the political life of the country has been marked by disagreement between the legislative and executive branches, the resignation of the Prime Minister and the Government and setbacks in the work of Parliament, all of which have considerably undermined the prospects for post-conflict peacebuilding in Haiti. We have to note that the humanitarian situation remains dire. More than 1 million people are in urgent need of food assistance but fewer than half of them are actually receiving it. And to that can be added the fact that the humanitarian response plan is only 10 per cent financed. These events in no way help the Mission in preparing to withdraw from the country.
We have also seen that the gradual transfer to the Haitian National Police of responsibility for maintaining law and order is in difficulties and is going on at a time when criminal groups are increasingly active. These are all problems that the Government and people of Haiti will have to solve on their own in the near future as they assume their national responsibility.
We welcome the efforts of the country’s leadership to ensure stability and develop a system of State governance that relies on their own strengths. It will be crucial to ensure that the work of the legislative, executive and judicial branches of Government are well coordinated. And much remains to be done on the part of United Nations personnel, whose task is to provide maximum assistance in the process.
For our part, we support Port-au-Prince and affirm that Russia will continue to ensure that the ultimate outcome of the Security Council’s work will be a genuine normalization of the situation in Haiti, along with stronger sovereignty and self-sufficiency. We would once again like to draw the Council’s attention to a very important point that for reasons that are unclear has been left out of our discussion.
Once again, in spite of the fact that a significant portion of the Secretary-General’s report is dedicated to the subject of combating sex crimes and assisting their victims, it contains no information about similar crimes committed by representatives of non-governmental organizations accredited by the United Nations. I would like to remind the Council that we drew attention to the issue in our statements on 3 and 9 April (see S/PV.8220 and S/PV.8225).
In the context of the stated United Nations policy of zero tolerance for such terrible crimes, we have no right to ignore flagrant examples.