Caribbean diplomat to lead UN mission in Haiti

By Jacqueline Charles

A career diplomat from Trinidad and Tobago with extensive experience on Haiti issues will soon head the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Caribbean nation..

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday announced that Sandra Honoré will serve as his next special representative and head of the mission known by its French acronym, MINUSTAH. She is expected to begin her duties on July 15.

The mission is currently being headed by interim head Nigel Fisher of Canada, who replaced Chilean ambassador Mariano Fernández Amunátegui earlier this year.

Honoré has served as special assistant to the chief of the Organization of American States Electoral Mission to Haiti from 1995 to 1996. She also served as chief of staff to the Office of the Assistant Secretary General at the OAS during one of Haiti’s most turbulent political periods from 2000 to 2005. Her resume also includes several diplomatic assignments including as Trinidad’s ambassador to Costa Rica.


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