The representative of the Switzerland government in Haiti Jean Luc Virchaux, in a sit down with a swiss magazine to talk about his work in Haiti and the current post-electoral crisis among other hot button issues, had some heavy criticism for the international community's involvement in Haiti. Especially the UN mission known as MINUSTAH.


During the interview, the journalist Youri Hanne asked the ambassador:

"What is your view on the United Nations presence in Haiti? Can we speak of occupation?" To which the ambassador responded:  

"Haiti is an independent country, not an occupied country. It agreed to an annex power to solve some problems it could not solve alone. The presence of MINUSTAH (United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti) questions the occupation capacity of areas of responsibility by Haitian political leaders. In over a decade of presence in Haiti, the United Nations has already invested some $ 8.5 billion. But what are the results? The question is difficult to ask to the UN who recently renewed the mandate of MINUSTAH for another year. All the Haitian political leaders must question the acceptance of a power like this. This situation is not going in the direction of empowering Haitian actors. The international community has largely funded the electoral process. The sacred formula "it's not my fault" does not hold. Haiti can not do without a work of introspection to get out of this logic. Everyone must be involved, actor of its company, either as a politician, as a farmer or as a housewife."



The ambassador went on to explain the failure of the international community in Haiti, since the installation of the MINUSTAH 12 years ago, within the context of the current political crisis the country is facing.

"MINUSTAH's mandate was extended for another year, but based on what results? After ten years of presence and $8, 5 billion invested for the stability, peace and the overall functioning of the institutions, one may wonder about the results. The electoral process was funded over 75% by the international community, but the sovereignty of a country is primarily linked to its economic resources. Yet Haiti remains a textbook example of the failure of aid. 

Furthermore, the international community did not pose any requirement as amending the Constitution to allow a more flexible functioning of democratic institutions, better suited to the internal financing capacity and independence of the country. The aim for the international community is simply to have the elections to be convinced to go in the direction of democracy that universalist claims. We must question it and try to conduct a political dialogue to bring the authorities and the elite to take responsibility. This requires flags out of logical and foster dialogue between the providers of international assistance."