Explanation of Vote by Permanent Representative Vassily Nebenzia after the UNSC vote on renewal of the BINUH mandate
The Russian Federation abstained during the vote on extending the mandate of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH).
We appreciate efforts of the authors to include in the document vital elements regarding the role of parliament, the need to hold elections and establish national dialogue that should help resolve Haiti’s problems.
At the same time, we regret that not all concerns of Council members were taken on board. Thus, the document lacks mentioning of grave problems related to violence against the civil population, human rights violations, and corruption. It also fails to mention the importance of upholding the Constitution when taking life-changing decisions.
Regrettably, endorsement deadlines for this decision were deliberately tightened, which prevented us from negotiating a substantial document – something bigger than just a “technical” resolution – that is so much needed in the current situation. It seems even more unfortunate given that in such difficult circumstances, Haiti would especially need a consolidated signal of the Security Council in support of the national dialogue based on the Constitutional process.
Port-au-Prince needs responsible international assistance. That is why, as its main task, the Mission should facilitate discussion of ways out of the current situation based on the national legislation.
Russia stands ready to render all the required support to Haiti so that the UNSC efforts could result in true normalization in the country, sustain its sovereignty and self-reliance.