Remarks by Ambassador Ferit Hoxha at the Security Council meeting on Haiti

Merci Madame la présidente,

I thank the briefers for their valuable insights into the dire situation in Haiti, and the urgent ways to deal with and possibly reverse the current course.

I welcome the participation of Foreign Ministers from Haiti and the Dominican Republic and the Ambassador of Canada.

Colleagues,

The situation in Haiti could not be grimier, to the limits of hopelessness.

As we heard from SRSG La Lime, the country faces enormous challenges, a deep triple crisis. It will only get worse as the time goes by.

Most fundamental of all, lack of order and rule of law.

Armed violence, killing, injuries, kidnapping, and sexual violence continue to ravage the country, and prevent it from addressing fundamental challenges. Civilians are hurt, their rights are denied, and the country is in stand still.

Haiti is in desperate need for help, an appeal that has been clearly expressed here before and that many countries expressed during the high-level week of the 77th season of UNGA.

The challenges are many and they include a catastrophic economic situation, a dire humanitarian situation, arms trafficking nurturing violence, a poor healthcare system, severely underfunded. Yet, the maiden priority is to reign over the gangs which hamper the delivery of scarce basic goods by controlling the transport routes.

Gangs are suffocating the country; their upper hand undermines everything and holds the people hostage.

Albania joins others in highlighting the absolute need of restoring order and security in order to stop the mad cycle of spiraling down of the entire country in total lawlessness.

Endemic corruption, outspread smuggling and uninterrupted trafficking need to be addressed urgently, not with only words, but with muscle. The kind of muscle that Haiti doesn’t seem to possess, despite measures taken or ongoing to strengthen the National Haitian Police.

Haiti is on the brink of ruin and this prospect is further exacerbated by what looks like a detached political class. In face of a continued catastrophic situation in Haiti, which calls for an urgent and unified national response by all stakeholders, one has the impression that the people of Haiti and their political establishment are two separate entities. Such behaviors undermine people’s trust on state institutions, lead to tension and violence.

Further, rising costs of living and insecurity force people to take to the streets. We believe peaceful protests are part of dialogue in every democracy, but the use of violence is never the answer to the ills that provoke such demonstrations.

We call on the state authorities to heed the demands of protesters and seek to address the root causes of the problems they raise. They concern social, economic and security concerns. But also legitimacy, which should be restored as soon as possible through elections.

Free, fair and inclusive elections, with the full, equal and meaningful participation of women, are a crucial step to allow the Haitians to express their will and pursue their ambitions.

Albania stands by the Hattians and their aspirations for a peaceful and prosperous country based on the rule of law rights and everyone enjoy equal and full rights.

Albania supports the work of SRSG in Haiti and the strengthening of the mandate of BINUH but this is not enough. Haitians must know that the UN is there to help them.

SRSG la Lime called for urgent action.

We know the instruments and the power of the Council.

We should use them and we welcome the ongoing efforts for a draft resolution.

Thank you.

Previous Remarks by H.E. Mr. Edi Rama, Prime Minister of Albania at the 77th Session of the UN General Assembly

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