Haiti: MINUSTAH Chief, OAS Secretary General Hold Talks


Above: MINUSTAH Chief Sandra Honore and OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza (OAS Photo)

By the Caribbean Journal staff

Sandra Honore, the head of the UN’s MINUSTAH peacekeeping force in Haiti, held talks this week with Organization of American States Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza in Washington.

The talks covered “the main economic, political, and social issues of the Caribbean country, as well as the priorities of the work carried out by the Mission,” according to a statement issued by the OAS.

The two sides also discussed issues including restructuring and strengthening the Haitian National Police; upholding the rule of law and supporting both disaster recovery and reconstruction projects in the country.

Honores said that United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will soon present a progress report to be considered by the UN’s General Assembly that will evaluate options for the eventual “reconfiguration” of the peacekeeping force in Haiti.

Insulza also addressed Haiti’s long-delayed legislative elections, for which he said the OAS would “continue to provide support in the area of voter registration and the deployment of an Electoral Observation Mission.”

Honore, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, took over as MINUSTAH chief in 2013.

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