HTI | Jun 15, 2023

CARICOM reiterates commitment to assisting Haiti

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Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and Chairman of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR), Senator Kamina Johnson Smith (right), listens intently as CARICOM Secretary-General, Dr Carla Barnett, speaks at the opening ceremony of the Council meeting, held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston, on Tuesday (May 16). (Photo: JIS)

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has reiterated its commitment to assisting the government and people of Haiti, as the country tackles several issues.

In the aftermath of a meeting held in Jamaica earlier this week, CARICOM, in a statement on Thursday, said the meeting sought to facilitate inclusive dialogue among Haitian stakeholders in an effort to find a solution to the protracted multi-dimensional crisis in which the country has been mired.

During the meeting, stakeholders addressed the core issues of the interim governance measures needed to restore confidence in the transition and to ensure that the government could deliver its commitments.

“These commitments include the critical issue of security and stability; the organization of credible general elections to choose a legitimate and representative government; constitutional reform; and the pursuance of fundamental reforms required to preclude a repeat of the current crisis,” the press release stated.

Stakeholders also stated that there was a need to build confidence and trust in the interim administration in order to effectively address the security crisis and for preparations for elections to commence. In this regard, there was widespread stakeholder support for the modification of the structures of government in the interim period.

Haiti’s Interim Prime Minister, Dr Ariel Henry, committed to greater inclusiveness in governance through the establishment of a government of national unity, beginning with working with the partners of the December 21 Accord to increase the number of members of the High Transition Council (HCT) in order to include representatives of a wider group of stakeholders.

FILE PHOTO: Haiti’s Prime Minister Ariel Henry addresses the media after becoming also the country’s interior minister, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti November 14, 2022. REUTERS/Ralph Tedy Erol

Several other suggestions were made of mechanisms reflecting the spirit and intent of the Haitian constitution by implementing a governance structure based on a presidency and a prime minister.

Additionally, this structure should adhere to the constitutional requirement that a minimum of 30 per cent of decision-making positions be held by women.

The Eminent Persons Group was urged to continue to use CARICOM’s Good Offices to work with all stakeholders to find a definitive solution to the crisis.

The Eminent Persons Group also committed to go to Haiti to continue these consultations within the next several weeks.

CARICOM also pledged to provide support for the elections including assessment of preparations for and observation of the elections.



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