Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, March 27, 2015 Under: Security
The Vice President of the Club of Madrid and former President of Bolivia (2001-2002), Jorge Quiroga, conducted a two-day mission (11-12 March) in New York as part of the project "Promotion of Dialogue for Democratic Reform in Haiti. "
According to a statement of the Club of Madrid mission, funded by the European Union. It aimed to advocate a continuation at the current level of military forces of MINUSTAH in Haiti until after the 2015 elections for this purpose upstream of the discussions of the Security Council on March 18 the report of the Secretary-General of the United Nations dedicated to Haiti, President Quiroga met senior UN officials, and members of the UN Security Council and the Haiti Group of Friends.
The efforts of the Club of Madrid was supported by a letter on March 16 by the President and Vice-Presidents, Vaira Vike-Freiberga (former President of Latvia), Jennifer Mary Shipley (former Prime Minister of New Zealand) and Jorge Quiroga, heads of Operations Peacekeeping United Nations and representatives of the Security Council.
The letter also calls on the Security Council to reconsider its decision to halve the military component of MINUSTAH. The message stressed the need "to consolidate its democratic sine qua non for national ownership," states that "ensure the smooth running of the upcoming elections is vital in this process," and called on the international community to continue to provide "the level of security and the highest possible supply the upcoming Haitian elections and thus offset the reduction of MINUSTAH after the election, to create an environment conducive to the most complex elections in recent years in Haiti. "
Although "the country has an urgent need to reduce its dependence on international aid," the Club of Madrid considers that such a reduction could be likely to "increase the risk of election irregularities in Haiti due to reduction of safety that may cast doubt on the election results, because of traditional instability in Haiti. " The letter also said that the planned reduction represents only 1% of the total budget of peacekeeping troops and 2,500 (2% of the 120,000 soldiers in peacekeeping).
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