23 June 2017 – The United Nations Security Council on Thursday began a three-day visit to Haiti to reaffirm its support for the Haitian Government and people in strengthening institutions to contribute to the country’s stability and development.
The visit is led by Bolivia, which holds the Council’s presidency for the month of June. The Permanent Representative of Bolivia to the United Nations, Sacha Sergio Llorentty Solíz, is heading the delegation.
During the visit, Council members are expected to meet with President Jovenel Moïse, Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant, and other senior Haitian officials. They are also expected to meet with leaders of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), the UN country team, United Nations police (UNPOL) and civil society actors.
The Council also intends to assess the state of implementation of its resolution 2350 (2017) on the closure of MINUSTAH and its transition to a new operation to be known as the UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH).
The aim of the new Mission will be to help the Haitian Government strengthen rule-of-law institutions, further develop and support the Haitian National Police and engage in human rights monitoring, reporting and analysis.
By the resolution that established the new Mission, MINUJUSTH would comprise up to seven formed police units (FPUs), or 980 FPU personnel, and 295 individual police officers, for an initial six months, from 16 October 2017 until 15 April 2018. MINUSTAH’s current military component would withdraw fully by 15 October.