UN Security Council calls for international support to long-term recovery in Haiti

10:42, April 07, 2011      

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A high-level debate on Haiti is held at the UN headquarters in New York, April 6, 2011. UN Secretary-general Ban Ki- moon said here on Wednesday that despite efforts to rehabilitate Haiti after a massive January 2010 earthquake, there is still much work to be done in the small Caribbean country. (Xinhua/Shen Hong)

The UN Security Council on Wednesday called upon the international community to renew its support for long-term recovery efforts in Haiti, as the country continues to face various challenges following a devastating earthquake in January 2010.

Juan Manuel Santos, president of Colombia, delivered the statement during a high-level open debate of the UN Security Council on the situation in Haiti. Colombia holds the rotating presidency of the 15-member Council for April.

The Council urged the global community to "support Haitian authorities in order to ensure that the most vulnerable segments of the population have access to basic social services and justice, " the statement said.

While welcoming the ongoing electoral process in Haiti, the 15- member Council stressed that "there can be no genuine stability or sustainable development in Haiti without strengthening its democratic institutions," the statement said.

After a pivotal presidential runoff last month, popular singer Michel Martelly was elected president of Haiti with 67.57 percent of the vote, the Haitian Provisional Electoral Council announced on Monday.

Meanwhile, the Security Council expressed concern at the situation of vulnerable groups in the country, including internally displaced persons and children as victims of trafficking, and the increase of sexual and gender-based violence.

The Security Council stressed "the crucial importance of strengthening the Haitian National Police to ensure its ability to maintain law and order and to tackle violent crime."

Convened by Colombia, Wednesday's high-level debate involved the participation of more than 40 speakers including foreign ministers and senior officials from the Organization of American States (OAS), the Inter-American Development Bank and the Caribbean Community.
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