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The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Haiti, Helen La Lime, told the Security Council that efforts to unseat President Moïse, as well as actions taken by the Executive in reacting to an alleged coup attempt, and the announcement by a senior judge of his appointment as Haiti’s interim Head of State, “have further hardened the positions of the principal actors in the political crisis that has for too long affected the lives of the Haitian population.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 22 FEBRUARY 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

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22 FEBRUARY 202, 1NEW YORK CITY

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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Helen La Lime, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Haiti and Head of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti:
“Despite the precarious calm which currently pervades the country, the efforts of part of the opposition to unseat President Moïse by 7 February, as well as the actions taken by the Executive in reacting to an alleged coup attempt and to the announcement by a senior judge of his appointment as Haiti’s interim Head of State, have further hardened the positions of the principal actors in the political crisis that has for too long affected the lives of the Haitian population. As the country prepares to enter a tense pre-electoral period, the polarization that has defined most of President Moïse’s term in office has become even more acute, as signs of a shrinking civic space abound and an already alarming humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate.”
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5. SOUNDBITE (English) Helen La Lime, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Haiti and Head of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti:
“Nevertheless, even as the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean forecasts that Haiti’s economy will contract by 3 per cent in 2021 and that the worst economic crisis to affect the region in 100 years will adversely impact the country’s post-COVID-19 recovery, only a democratic renewal, resulting from the prompt holding of credible, transparent, and participatory elections, can provide Haiti with the opportunity to overcome its protracted political crisis and allow its society and leaders to focus their attention on undertaking the governance and economic reforms necessary to set the country back on the path towards sustainable development.”
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7. SOUNDBITE (English) Jovenel Moïse, President, Haiti:
“The refusal of some political actors to accept the result of the elections - which were transparent - and the repeated violent attempts by corrupt people to overthrow the constitutional government, have made the situation very difficult.”
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STORYLINE:

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Haiti, Helen La Lime, today (22 Feb) told the Security Council that efforts to unseat President Moïse, as well as actions taken by the Executive in reacting to an alleged coup attempt, and the announcement by a senior judge of his appointment as Haiti’s interim Head of State, “have further hardened the positions of the principal actors in the political crisis that has for too long affected the lives of the Haitian population.”

As the country prepares to enter a tense pre-electoral period, La Lime said, “the polarization that has defined most of President Moïse’s term in office has become even more acute, as signs of a shrinking civic space abound and an already alarming humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate.”

La Lime, who is also the Head of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti, said “only a democratic renewal, resulting from the prompt holding of credible, transparent, and participatory elections, can provide Haiti with the opportunity to overcome its protracted political crisis and allow its society and leaders to focus their attention on undertaking the governance and economic reforms necessary to set the country back on the path towards sustainable development.”

Also addressing the Council, Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse said, “the refusal of some political actors to accept the result of the elections - which were transparent - and the repeated violent attempts by corrupt people to overthrow the constitutional government, have made the situation very difficult.”

The Secretary-General’s latest report on Haiti paints a complex picture of the ongoing political and economic crisis in the country, as it prepares for several milestones in 2021, including a proposed constitutional referendum, as well as legislative, municipal, local, and presidential elections.

The report covers progress and challenges for BINUH’s six benchmark areas: political and good governance; violence reduction; security and rule of law; human rights; unemployment, youth and other vulnerable groups; and basic social service delivery and resilience.
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