Port-au-Prince, Wednesday, March 14, 2018. - The President of the Republic of Haiti, His Excellency Jovenel MOÏSE, received in audience at the National Palace Mr. Jean-Pierre LACROIX, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations for Peacekeeping Operations, who carried a message from the Secretary-General, Mr. António GUTERRES.
The audience was held in a very cordial atmosphere. Under-Secretary-General Lacroix informed the President of the Republic of the Secretary-General Guterres' message that relations between Haiti and the United Nations be normalised, following the respective recall of the Permanent Representative of Haiti to the United Nations, Ambassador Denis REGIS, and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Ms. Susan D. PAGE.
For his part, the President welcomed the message of the Secretary-General while expressing to him the Haitian Government's position that MINUJUSTH be transformed into a technical cooperation mission in support of the justice system, rather than a traditional peacekeeping operation. Also, the Head of State stressed the need for the UN to implement the two components (elimination of cholera and compensation of victims) of the cholera elimination Plan that the Secretary-General announced in August 2017. Moreover, the President of the Republic of Haiti reiterated the necessity that international development projects and programs be aligned with national priorities, in accordance with the 2005 Paris Declaration on effectiveness of public development assistance.
The President was accompanied by the Prime Minister, as well as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Planning and External Cooperation, the Minister of Interior and the Minister of Defense and the Permanent Representative of Haiti to the United Nations, the Chief of Staff, as well as his Diplomatic Advisers.