The UN Security Council has decided to close the mission of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH) by nine months until the country’s 15th current challenges.
The group therefore unanimously adopted a resolution put forward by the United States and Mexico stating that the Secretary-General’s review should be carried out within the next six months, with the idea of making the office “more effective”. According to a statement distributed by the United Nations this Friday.
“(The review) will examine ways to make the Office more effective and how it can support cooperation between Haiti’s national authorities, civil society and other stakeholders, strengthen the rule of law and promote respect for human rights,” the letter said.
In addition, they asked all relevant actors in Haiti to promote a dialogue to promote the organization of transparent, inclusive, free and peaceful parliamentary and presidential elections with significant participation of women.
The vote took place around 6 p.m., a few hours before the end of the previous mandate of the UN mission in the Caribbean country.
During the meeting, US Ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, defended that “the time has not come for the Security Council to leave Haiti” and that the Secretary-General’s review will show whether BINUH’s mandate continues to be relevant.
For his part, China’s Permanent Ambassador to the United Nations, Zhang Jun, believes that the extension of the mission will provide an opportunity to discuss how to better serve the Caribbean nation and urges Haiti’s political leaders to step up their internal struggles to free the country from “chaos”.