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17/8/06

Resolution 1702: UN Security Council extends UN mission to Haiti for six months

 

   

Date: 17 August 2006

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– Security Council extends United Nations mission in Haiti until 15 February 2007, unanimously adopting resolution 1702 (2006)
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– August 3, 2006 Press Conference | Remarks by the Secretary-General at a joint press conference with President Rene Preval of the Republic of Haiti
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– Secretary-General call on police officers in Haiti to show ‘stong spirit of patriotism and unity in the face of all trials’, August 4, 2006
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15 August 2006
Security Council
SC/8811

Department of Public Information ? News and Media Division ? New York
Security Council
5513th Meeting (PM)

Security Council extends United Nations mission in Haiti until 15 February 2007,

unanimously adopting resolution 1702 (2006)

The Security Council today decided to extend, for six months, the mandate of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), which was set to expire today.

Unanimously adopting resolution 1702 (2006), the Council also urged Haitian authorities to complete run-off elections — in places where the electoral process was disrupted or appeals were upheld — as soon as feasible, and called on the Mission to provide all appropriate assistance.

In further support of priorities set out by the United Nations Secretary-General in his latest report on Haiti (document S/2006/592), the Council decided that MINUSTAH would consist of a military component of up to 7,200 troops of all ranks and of a police component of up to 1,951 officers, and further urged Member States to provide well-qualified, particularly francophone, police candidates with specific expertise in, among other things, anti-gang operations.

The Mission was also requested to reorient its disarmament, demobilization and reintegration efforts towards a community violence-reduction programme, where it would assist the Government of Haiti and the donor community on initiatives to provide employment opportunities to former gang members and at-risk youth. The Mission would also assist and advise Haitian authorities to restructure and strengthen the justice sector, through, among others, the review of legislation and by identifying mechanisms to address prison overcrowding.

The meeting began at 1:10 p.m. and adjourned at 1:13 p.m.

Resolution

The full text of resolution 1702 (2006) reads as follows:

?The Security Council,

?Reaffirming its previous resolutions on Haiti, in particular its resolutions 1658 (2006), 1608 (2005), 1576 (2004) and 1542 (2004), as well as relevant statements by its President,

?Reaffirming its strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and unity of Haiti,

?Welcoming the successful and peaceful political transition to an elected government, as well as the election of a new President and Parliament, which will give Haiti a unique opportunity to break with the violence and political instability of the past,

?Welcoming the political agenda of the Government of Haiti on the modernization of state institutions and on wealth creation and the adoption, by the Haitian authorities, of the ?Programme d?Apaisement Social? to respond to Haiti?s immediate social needs,

?Emphasizing that security, rule of law and institutional reform, national reconciliation, and sustainable economic and social development remain key to the stability of Haiti,

?Recognizing that MINUSTAH constitutes a key actor in the continuing stabilization of the country and expressing its appreciation for its efforts to continue to assist the Government of Haiti to ensure a secure and stable environment,

?Reaffirming the importance of appropriate expertise on issues relating to gender in peacekeeping operations and post-conflict peace-building in accordance with resolution 1325 (2000), recalling the need to address violence against women and children, and encouraging the MINUSTAH as well as the Government of Haiti to actively address these issues,

?Condemning all violations of human rights in Haiti, calling on all Haitians to renounce violence, and recognizing, in this context, that rule of law and respect for human rights are vital components of democratic societies,

?Urging the Government of Haiti to undertake, in coordination with the international community, a comprehensive reform of the police, judiciary and correctional systems, to protect and promote human rights and fundamental freedoms, and to end impunity,

?Welcoming the Government of Haiti?s final approval of its Haitian National Police (HNP) reform plan, and calling upon it to implement that plan as soon as possible,

?Recognizing that conditions for conventional disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration do not currently exist in Haiti and that alternative programmes are required to address local conditions, and to further the goal of disarmament, demobilization and reintegration,

?Underlining the need for the quick implementation of highly effective and visible labour intensive projects that help to create jobs and deliver basic social services, and emphasizing the importance of quick impact projects in the post-electoral phase,

?Welcoming the outcomes of the Ministerial Donor Meeting on Haiti, held in Brasilia, on 23 May, as well as those of the International Conference of Donors for the Social and Economic Development of Haiti, held in Port-au-Prince, on 25 July,

?Expressing its support for the extension of the Interim Cooperation Framework (ICF) until September 2007, and urging the Government of Haiti to continue to make progress in its implementation in close cooperation with all relevant international stakeholders,

?Welcoming the re-admittance of Haiti to the Councils of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), and calling on MINUSTAH to continue to work closely with the Organization of the American States (OAS) and CARICOM;

?Welcoming also the appointment of a new Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Haiti with overall authority on the ground for the coordination and conduct of all the activities of the United Nations agencies, funds and programmes in Haiti,

?Paying tribute to the continued support of the international community, particularly the Core Group, interested stakeholders, donors and regional organizations, for Haiti and MINUSTAH, which remains essential to the achievement of stability and development,

?Expressing gratitude to the troops and police personnel of MINUSTAH and to their countries,

?Noting that the Haitian people and their government hold the ultimate responsibility for achieving political stability, social and economic development, and law and order,

?Determining that the situation in Haiti continues to constitute a threat to international peace and security,

?Acting under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations, as described in section 1 of operative paragraph 7 of resolution 1542 (2004),

?1. Decides to extend the mandate of MINUSTAH, as contained in its resolutions 1542 (2004), and 1608 (2005), until 15 February 2007, with the intention to renew for further periods;

?2. Welcomes the Secretary-General?s report S/2006/ 592 of 28 July 2006, and supports the priorities set out therein;

?3. Decides that MINUSTAH will consist of a military component of up to 7,200 troops of all ranks and of a police component of up to 1,951 officers;

?4. Authorizes MINUSTAH to deploy 16 correction officers seconded from Member States in support of the Government of Haiti to address the shortcomings of the prison system;

?5. Urges Member States to provide enough well-qualified, particularly francophone, police candidates, to ensure full staffing of MINUSTAH police and, in particular, to provide specific expertise in anti-gang operations, corrections, and other specializations identified as necessary in the report of the Secretary-General;

?6. Urges the Haitian authorities to complete the run-off legislative, local and municipal elections as soon as feasible, and calls on MINUSTAH to provide all appropriate assistance in this regard, consistent with its mandate, and with the support of regional and sub-regional organizations;

?7. Reaffirms its call upon MINUSTAH to support the constitutional and political process in Haiti, including through good offices, and to promote national dialogue and reconciliation;

?8. Welcomes the important contribution provided by MINUSTAH in capacity and institution building at all levels, and calls upon MINUSTAH to expand its assistance to support the Government of Haiti in strengthening state institutions, especially outside of Port-au-Prince;

?9. Underlines the importance of MINUSTAH?s continuing support for the institutional strengthening of the HNP and, in this regard, requests the Haitian authorities, especially the HNP, and MINUSTAH to achieve optimal coordination in order to counter crime and violence, particularly in urban areas, taking into account the needs expressed by the Secretary-General for specialized capacities to enhance MINUSTAH?s ability in this field;

?10. Strongly supports in this regard the Secretary-General?s intention to maximize MINUSTAH?s crime prevention role, particularly with regard to the threat of gang violence and kidnapping,

?11. Requests MINUSTAH to reorient its disarmament, demobilization and reintegration efforts, to further that goal, towards a comprehensive community violence reduction programme adapted to local conditions, including assistance for initiatives to strengthen local governance and the rule of law and to provide employment opportunities to former gang members, and at-risk youth, in close coordination with the Government of Haiti and other relevant actors, including the donor community;

?12. Urges donors engaged in supporting the implementation of the HNP reform by the Haitian authorities to coordinate their activities closely with MINUSTAH;

?13. Reaffirms MINUSTAH?s mandate to provide operational support to the Haitian Coast guard, and invites Member States, in coordination with MINUSTAH, to engage with the Government of Haiti in order to address cross-border drugs and arms trafficking control;

?14. Decides that MINUSTAH, consistent with its existing mandate under resolution 1542 (2004) to assist with the restructuring and maintenance of the rule of law, public safety and public order, will provide assistance and advice to the Haitian authorities, in consultation with relevant actors, in monitoring, restructuring, reforming and strengthening of the justice sector, including through technical assistance to review all relevant legislation, the provision of experts to serve as professional resources, the rapid identification and implementation of mechanisms to address prison overcrowding and prolonged pre-trial detention and the coordination and planning of these activities, and invites the Government of Haiti to take full advantage of that assistance;

?15. Reaffirms MINUSTAH?s human rights? mandate, and calls on Haitian authorities to undertake a comprehensive reform in all areas of rule of law and to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms;

?16. Recognizes the progress achieved thus far in the disbursement of pledged assistance, welcomes the pledges of donors, and notes the need for these funds to be rapidly disbursed, given that further sustained and generous international assistance will be essential for the Haitian people and their government to succeed in pursuing its programme for social and economic development;

?17. Requests MINUSTAH to continue to implement quick impact projects;

?18. Calls on MINUSTAH to enhance its coordination with the UN Country Team and with the various development actors in Haiti in order to ensure greater efficiency in development efforts and to address urgent development problems;

?19. Reaffirms the need to maintain a proactive communications and public outreach strategy to improve public understanding of the mandate and role of MINUSTAH in Haiti and to deliver messages to the Haitian people directly;

?20. Requests the Secretary-General to report to the Council on the implementation of MINUSTAH?s mandate not later than 31 December 2006;

?21. Decides to remain seized of the matter.?

Background

The Security Council had before it the Secretary-General?s report on the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) (document S/2006/592), which provides an update on major developments in the period from 2 February 2006 to 15 July 2006. The report states that with the successful completion of national elections, a new page in Haiti?s history has been turned. Today, the people of Haiti have a unique opportunity to break the cycle of violence and poverty and move towards a future of stable and peaceful development. In this, they will be guided by a new leadership which emerged from a free, fair and inclusive electoral process, conducted in safety and dignity. President Preval has shown a commendable determination to reach out to all political and social forces in Haiti in a spirit of reconciliation and dialogue, leaving behind decades of tension and exclusion.

The appointment of a broad-based Government under Prime Minister Alexis and the adoption by the Haitian authorities of an ambitious, yet balanced, policy agenda have laid the foundation for Haiti?s recovery and renewal, the report says. The implementation of the reform agenda ?- the modernization of the State and wealth creation — could benefit from an enhanced partnership with the international community, including MINUSTAH and the United Nations country team. Ultimately, however, the Haitian authorities and the people will need to actively take ownership of that agenda in order to ensure its lasting success.

The country?s needs remain vast and the challenges immense, the report states. The security situation continues to be worrying and destabilizing, in particular the crime situation in the capital, as the sources of instability still exist and the national security capacity to address them remains inadequate. Illicit trafficking in weapons and drugs remains an obstacle to successfully fighting crime, impunity and corruption. The institutions of State, including the Haitian National Police, the judicial system and the institutions of Government, require extensive assistance in order to function appropriately at all levels. An inclusive country-wide dialogue with all political and social forces will need to be nurtured in order to consolidate advances achieved so far. Poverty reduction and socio-economic development are important priorities, as are rapid and visible improvements in the daily lives of Haitians.

At present, Haiti cannot address those challenges by itself, the report states. International partners should, therefore, extend timely, adequate and coherent support to the new authorities in the above-mentioned areas. MINUSTAH, as part of an international division of labour, stands ready to offer the Haitian authorities targeted assistance, based on its comparative advantages, in ensuring a stable environment to allow the political process to continue and in providing institutional support to rule-of-law reform and to institutions of governance. The Mission will also provide support for the organization of the remaining elections, which should be held as soon as feasible. Enhanced MINUSTAH resources will be required to implement those activities.

In particular, the MINUSTAH police need to be strengthened with SWAT-qualified personnel and equipment, as part of its formed police units, as well as with expert advisers in counter-kidnapping and anti-gang operations, as part of its police contingent, to better support the Haitian National Police. This qualitative strengthening is needed, since gang violence and kidnappings have emerged as an overriding impediment to stabilization in Haiti. There are, however, limitations to this mandate. While the Mission intends to maximize its crime prevention role, it will not be able to respond to criminality in an exhaustive manner. Neither will the MINUSTAH security presence at border crossings and selected ports and crossroads be sufficient to fully deter illicit activities, including the trans-shipment of drugs and weapons.

The Secretary-General calls, therefore, on the international community to come together in a unified fashion to complement the Mission?s activities. He would welcome in particular the involvement of regional partners, such as the Organization of American States and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). He also appeals to the Haitian authorities to take full advantage of the assistance offered by the international community and to help further reforms by adopting key national policies such as the Haitian National Police reform plan, key legislation related to the independence of the judiciary, a disarmament policy and priority action in the areas of dialogue and reconciliation.

Now that an elected Government and legislature are in place, the new authorities should be given adequate means to succeed, including for the organization of outstanding elections, the Secretary-General says. In that regard, he calls on donors to provide urgent and generous support to the Haitian authorities to address short-term socio-economic requirements that are indispensable for the country?s continuing stability given the peoples? high expectations. Pledges and disbursements are only a first step, however. Rapid implementation of development projects bringing visible relief to the Haitian people is essential. Job creation and delivery of basic services should be a key aim. The United Nations stands ready to assist the Haitian authorities and donors to establish monitoring and evaluation mechanisms to facilitate the coordination of their efforts.

The Secretary-General recommends that the Council approve the proposals regarding MINUSTAH?s mandate and resources set out in the report and extend the Mission for at least 12 months, as this is the minimum time needed to establish a solid basis for rule-of-law reform and achieve some initial results and progress towards democratic governance. It would also send an important signal to the Haitian people of the international community?s enduring commitment. The Mission?s military strength will need to be maintained at the current ceiling of 7,500 troops and police strength augmented by 54 individual police officers for institutional support, which brings the total strength to 1,951. Furthermore, 16 seconded corrections officers are required to adequately discharge the Mission?s responsibilities in the prison system.

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Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 3 August 2006 – Remarks by the Secretary-General at a joint press conference with President Rene Preval of the Republic of Haiti

SG: Thank you very much, Mr. President. Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. President, when we met in New York, I promised you that I will come and visit. This is my first visit as Secretary-General. I have been to Haiti before. But as Secretary-General, this is my first visit. And I am happy to be able to come here to show my support for you Mr. President and the government and for the people of Haiti.

You are right to state that, as [the] United Nations. we are dealing with many problems around the world. The one that occupies our television screens and the front pages of our newspapers [is] the Middle East and the problems of Lebanon. You asked me one day if I would be able to come with that crisis in Lebanon. I was determined to come, because your problems are important too. And of course, as the UN, we are used to dealing with many problems at the same time, and you deserve our attention too.

I am sorry that I couldn’t come yesterday as planned, but it was for technical reasons beyond my control. In fact, I was in the airport, on the plane, and I had to disembark, because the plane had technical problems and couldn’t leave. And when we arrived this morning, waiting to come out of the plane – waiting for the protocol to get everything ready – someone sitting next to me said, ?God, but we are waiting for a bit,? and an America woman said, ?You better get used to it. This is Haiti. You have to do lot of waiting and things are always late?. But the pilot, who was a very honest young man, said, ?Yes, but this time we cannot blame Haiti. The problem was New York?.

Mr. President, let me say that we have achieved a lot together in our partnership with the government and the people of Haiti, working with [United Nations Stabilization mission in Haiti] MINUSTAH, the UN agencies, programmes and funds. As you said earlier, we organized a fair and open election, perhaps one of the best elections. Today, we have an elected president, an elected parliament. And you have been able to put together a broad-base government, a government that is determined to tackle the problems of the country in partnership with the international community. But you have taken the ownership and the lead. It is your programme that we are here to support – we do not have our own programme. We are here in support of what you want to achieve- you and the people of Haiti.

We have achieved a lot, but much more remains to be done. We have the programme of recovery, we have? [Inaudible]. We need to strengthen state institutions from judiciary to the penal system, to professionalizing the police, to be able to do something about the security issues that we all complain about, and working in partnership with MINUSTAH and the UN I think we can do a lot. And Mr. President, I applaud your leadership, your leadership in taking the country forward. I know the population is impatient, and that is normal, having been through what they have gone through. Now that the elections are behind us, a government is in place and the security situation is better. Yes, we do have the kidnappings and the criminal elements, but when we look back three years ago, a year ago and six months ago, we know we have made progress.

In discussions in New York with the member states and donor countries, I try to get everyone to understand that nation-building is a long-term proposition. It does take time, it is hard, it is difficult and it requires everyone to play his or her part. We need to work in partnership: the government, the private sector, the civil society and all of us. Haitians, men and women, can now make individual contribution[s] towards the rebuilding of this nation. To succeed, it is going to take hard work – hard and sustained work and patience. And I think we all have to get this and I will suggest we all do the little bit we can and help rebuild this country. It is easy to complain. And I know it from my job. You always have those who sit in their armchairs and complain that those who are trying to do something, are not doing enough. I don’t think we can afford this in the current situation of Haiti. We all have to chip in and do our work.

To reaffirm my own belief that peace-building is a long-term proposition, in my current report before the Security Council, I have asked them to extend the UN operations in Haiti for twelve months. Normally, it would have been six months. But I know the work ahead of us. I know what we have to do together. As I am challenging the member states to accept that this is a long-term proposition and that we should have a twelve month prolongation of the Mission. We should strengthen the police side of our activities by appointing additional police trainers and working with the [National Police of Haiti] PNH and the government to professionalize the police, and to try and work together to do something about the crime that is [inaudible] fear for so many Haitians these days. I hope the member states will accept my recommendations.

Mr President, let me once again thank you for your cooperation, the cooperation you have extended to the UN and the team, the cooperation you extended to [former Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Haiti] Juan Gabriel Valdés and the way you are working with my new [Special] Representative, Mr. [Edmond] Mulet, whom, if most of you don’t know is here and why don’t [you] take a look at him?why don’t you take stand up and let the press see who you are [laughs and applause].

So, thank you Mr. President. We applaud your leadership and you can count on my support and the support of the United Nations, MINUSTAH, the UN agencies, funds and programmess who are here. And when I talk of support of the UN, I am not talking of only the programmess and agencies that are here, but also from New York and in our network of donor countries. So, once again, thank you very much for this warm reception from you and the people of Haiti. And you are off to a good start and you can count on us. Mèsi an pil (Many thanks).

Q: My first question is for the President regarding the request for a revision of MINUSTAH’s mandate. Have you obtained a clear answer from the United Nations? My second question is for Mr. Annan. I would ask what the UN will do to meet the challenges on the ground, because there is a lot of criticism, as you know, about the way MINUSTAH have been working, even though people also commend MINUSTAH for what they do?

SG: Let me start with your first question. I think MINUSTAH and the UN operations here are working in partnership with the government and doing as best as they can to support the government. We have the police contingents supporting PNH and helping train them, and we have the military contingents. We also have the UN programmes, funds and agencies: they are working in areas of economic and social development, humanitarian activities, institution-building, alongside our uniform personnel. And they are here with a certain specific mandate. They are not here to take over Haiti. They are not here to replace the government or the leadership of Haiti. In the final analysis, the management and the running of the country is the responsibility of the leaders and the people of Haiti. We are here to support and to assist.

But given what Haiti had gone through, and the vacuum that had existed, you have a new government, a good government that is trying to get things moving. So, when things go wrong, it is natural that people look around and say: ?Oh, these UN people with their cars and vehicles and they are so many of them, what are they doing?? You have to start with their mandate and the support role they are playing here, and don’t blame them for everything that goes wrong. I know my Haitian friends, but you know yourselves better than I do. If we were to do some of the things you are complaining we are not doing, if we were to be overly involved and overly intrusive, you will be the first to say ?we are not a colony, we don’t want you to get involved in our business?. So, we are caught in between.

We have a limited mandate and, yet, you want us to do much more and become overly involved, and if we did, you will be the first to criticize us. So, let’s stop pointing fingers. Let’s stop complaining about each other. Let’s work in partnership to improve the situation, work in partnership to deal with the criminal elements, work in partnership with the police, with the MINUSTAH to contain the criminal elements. Society has to become engaged. You have to help the police and the law enforcement forces to contain the situation. You all have a role to play. Let’s work together. My dear friends, excuse me to speak so frankly, but I think that is the only way we can understand and help each other and work together. So, I hope tomorrow we will talk together about how our partnership is working and how we can strengthen it.

Q: Mr. Annan, many sectors of the Haitian society believe MINUSTAH is not efficient on the ground. They are even extremists groups who want MINUSTAH to leave the country. They say some kidnappings have happened few metres from MINUSTAH’s patrols. They are more moderate groups who think MINUSTAH’s mandate should be revised. What is your reaction as chief of the world organization?

SG: First of all, let me say that I am very pleased that you qualify those who are demanding that MINUSTAH leave, as extremists. There may be difficulties, but I think, by and large, the Haitian population knows what MINUSTAH and the UN agencies and funds and programmes have done, and are doing, here in Haiti. I have heard about the kidnappings and the criminal events. I don’t think any of us can condone these criminals and their activities, which terrorize the ordinary population and ordinary people, men and women and children. They should be ashamed to call themselves Haitians, when the nation is at this critical stage trying to rebuild itself.

What I can tell you is, as Secretary-General of the UN, I don’t get involved at these technical levels, but we did discuss at length with the President [Rene Préval] and the Prime Minister [Jacques Edouard Alexis] and his Ministers the issue of security, and the need for us to take concrete actions to bring it under control. And in my own report to the Security Council, I did make suggestions about increasing the police capacity to be able to contain and eliminate these violent elements, and send out the message that impunity will not be allowed to stand. We are determined to work with the government to deal with this problem. But as I said, we need you too. The law enforcement officers alone cannot do [it]. The most effective police that I have come across around the world have had the support of the population and the civil society. Support your police. Support MINUSTAH. Don’t give them (the violent elements) refuge. And let’s work together.

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SECRETARY-GENERAL CALLS ON POLICE OFFICERS IN HAITI TO SHOW ?STRONG SPIRIT
OF PATRIOTISM AND UNITY IN THE FACE OF ALL TRIALS?

Following is the text, translated from the original French, of the statement by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to officials of the Haitian National Police (HNP) and the United Nations police (UNPOL) in Haiti, delivered in Port-au-Prince on 3 August:

I am very happy to be with you today. The Haitian National Police plays a fundamental role, as it is the sole Haitian institution responsible for guaranteeing security throughout the country.

I would thus like to express my deep gratitude to the officers of the HNP and UNPOL — the police component of MINUSTAH (United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti) — who perform their duties with courage, often risking their personal safety. In particular, I would like to pay my respects to the police officers who have lost their lives in the service of the nation.

Unfortunately, the HNP was one of the pillars of the State that was most seriously affected by the unrest that troubled the country in 2003 and 2004. Established in 1995, with the assistance of the United Nations and other international partners, it, nevertheless, succeeded in making remarkable progress in strengthening and establishing internal training and control mechanisms, for instance the Office of the Inspector-General.

Today, I note with joy that a new stage will be reached in favour of institutional strengthening.

I have in mind in particular the training of 1,146 new police officers, 37 Commissioners and 49 Inspectors, and the registration of over 5,700 officers. I also have in mind the ratification by the Senate of the decision of President Preval to confirm Mario Andresol in the post of Director-General of HNP. Mr. Andresol has already demonstrated great professionalism and devotion in exercising his difficult duties. Finally, I salute the recent appointment of the Secretary of State for Public Security, Luc-Eucher Joseph, who knows and understands the reality of the situation of the HNP.

Thanks to the collaboration between MINUSTAH and HNP, we have succeeded in stabilizing the country and holding elections. The Haitian Government must now give priority to the strengthening of State institutions. The recent resurgence of violence in the capital unfortunately confirms this.

It is essential to continue the reform and professionalization of the HNP. The first stage should be certification of all officers, in order to provide the country with a security force capable of ensuring public security. It is intolerable that a minority of corrupt police officers or those involved in serious human rights violations should tarnish the image of the institution as a whole, when we are aware of all the unfailing efforts and devotion of the majority of HNP officers. In order for professionalism to be sustainable this time, it must go hand in hand with a strategy of reform and strengthening of judicial institutions and prison administration.

The technical aspects necessary to set up a reform plan for the HNP are already well under way, thanks to the combined efforts of UNPOL and the HNP leadership. But, we must also think of the Haitian men and women who are the foundation of this institution. The members of HNP must receive decent salaries and be able to count on acceptable working conditions. They should also benefit from ongoing professional training. Facilities are precarious and means are lacking. As long as this situation persists, it will constitute an obstacle to the reform process. It is thus clear that the Haitian State needs increased support from donors and friendly countries. In that regard, I wish to thank all the international partners for the generosity they have already shown. And I encourage them to renew their solidarity towards Haiti.

An inescapable condition for the consolidation of the State, the reform of the HNP is an infinitely complex task that will take time, a great deal of time. Political interest groups and even criminal groups who are opposed will not fail to present obstacles. Thus, it is essential for all police officers at all levels to show a strong spirit of patriotism and unity in the face of all trials.

I know that you are fully aware of the crucial role you are going to play in helping the HNP to become a professional and effective institution, and in regaining the people?s trust. I can assure you that the United Nations, UNPOL in particular, will continue to make every effort to assist you in this difficult but noble task. I also invite you to benefit from the experience and skill of our officers.

I would like to end my remarks by once again expressing my satisfaction and gratitude for the work accomplished by all the members of UNPOL, and by wishing them every success in their continuing efforts. Their success will also be the success of UNPOL and, eventually, of all the Haitian people.

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