Statement of H.E. Ambassador Ertuğrul Apakan in the Security Council Meeting on the Question Concerning Haiti

Ertuğrul Apakan 13.09.2010
I would first like to thank the Secretary-General for his report, his Special Representative Edmond Mulet and Ambassador Merores for their comprehensive briefings.

Let me also add our sincere gratitude for the strong leadership Mr. Mulet displays at the helm of MINUSTAH. Indeed, Mr. Mulet and his staff are doing a most commendable job in support of the Haitian people and Government.

Nine months have passed since tragedy struck once again Haiti, but the enormous suffering it has caused in Haiti is still vividly remembered in our minds and hearts.

Indeed, the magnitude of the earthquake and the loss of human life and infrastructural damage it has yielded are neither forgettable nor easily surmountable.

As such, we are glad to learn that the immediate humanitarian needs of the displaced population have been addressed to a large extent but there remains much more to be done.

In particular, the number of displaced persons is quite high and a sustainable resettlement plan has to be implemented to protect this vulnerable group, especially women and children.

Having said that, it is quite admirable that the security situation has remained overall calm although there seems to be a slight increase in criminal activities such as drug trafficking. Haitians continue to teach us important lessons of humility and humanity.

However, due to the high number of displaced persons living in precarious conditions, we have to remain vigilant so that the security situation does not deteriorate in a way that would put in danger the ongoing humanitarian assistance and stabilization efforts.

In this context, MINUSTAH has certainly an important role to play and there is still room to increase the number of troops and police officers serving within the Mission, to reach the levels authorized by Resolutions 1908 and 1927.

MINUSTAH should also keep on building the capacity of the Haitian National Police.

But no matter who has the primary responsibility, we cannot expect security to be maintained only through military and police means. Political and institutional stability are equally as important, if not more.

As such, the presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for 28 November will be crucial for the future of the country. Haitians cannot live forever in transitional periods where uncertainty prevails and short term actions are taken to meet urgent needs. They deserve a strong government and a functioning Parliament that will provide long-term stability.

Thus, MINUSTAH should also continue to help the Haitian authorities in the preparation of the elections and provide technical, security and logistical support to the Government and the Provisional Electoral Council.

Along with political and institutional stability, we should also not forget the long term recovery and development activities. The international community has responded quickly and quite effectively to the emergency situation in Haiti, but we have to do even better in coordinating financial assistance from donors, technical support from the UN agencies and MINUSTAH and the reconstruction plans of the Government.

Also, the pledges made in the Donors Conference should be made readily available whenever and wherever they are needed, with a long-term commitment.

In conclusion, the international community, including MINUSTAH and the Haitian authorities, has so far responded well to the challenges compounded by the earthquake. But there is a need and room to do better. Turkey remains ready to support all efforts in this direction.

Thank you.