20 January 2011 - Security Council - Haiti - Statement by Mr. Gerard, Araud, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations
I thank Alain Le Roy, Valerie Amos and the chargé d’affaires of Haiti for their statements.
Since the earthquake in January 2010, Haiti has been shaken by other trials — Hurricane Tomas and the cholera epidemic. This series of disasters explains why there is still a need for urgent humanitarian aid. We are therefore keenly aware of the importance of coordination, especially given the exceptionally high number of agencies and non-governmental organizations at work in Haiti. Against this backdrop, the role of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is crucial to ensuring aid effectiveness.
However, unless Haiti has strong and stable institutions, all these efforts will be in vain. By agreement with the Haitian Government, the Organization of American States sent a mission to evaluate the results of the first round. It exposed numerous acts of fraud and, as expected, has produced a series of recommendations. France calls on the Haitian authorities to stand by their commitments to the international community and to take action on the recommendations.
The country cannot be allowed to remain mired in paralysis or to sink back into violence. The will of the people must be respected, and new authorities must quickly take control of the country’s future, with the support of the international community.
In this difficult situation, I would like to commend the unwavering commitment of the staff of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti, starting with Special Representative of the Secretary-General Edmond Mulet.
France continues to lend its support, both through the United Nations and bilaterally. Thanks to French support, the main hospital in Port-au-Prince has been able to keep its doors open. It will be rebuilt through a French-American partnership with the Haitian Ministry of Health and Population.
We have expanded our technical cooperation in various areas, particularly education, governance and policing. Looking to the future, our educational institutions have been training almost 500 Haitian students as future magistrates or officials. We have allocated financial aid amounting to €326 million for 2010-2011.
France will maintain its commitment to the people and Government of Haiti, in coordination with the United Nations. We hope that, for their part, the Haitian authorities will take the decisions necessary to offer their country and their people a better future.