Statement by H.E. Mr. Abdou ABARRY, Permanent Representative of Niger to the United Nations on behalf of A3 and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on the Question Concerning Haiti
8 July 2021
Thank you, Mr. President,
I make this statement, on behalf of Kenya, Niger, Tunisia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines - the A3+1. I also thank SRSG Helen La Lime for her briefing and we recognize the presence of our colleague Permanent Representative of Haiti at this meeting.
We align fully with the statement delivered by Saint Vincent and the Grenadines - a member of the Caribbean Community.
We also welcome the issuance of a press statement by this Council on the matter.
Yesterday July 7, 2021, we received the numbing and heart-wrenching news of the assassination of His Excellency, Jovenel Moïse, President of the Republic of Haiti and leader of a member State of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) during a dastardly attack at his home. We also learned of the grievous injuries inflicted on his wife, First Lady, Madam Martine Moise and wish her a full and speedy recovery.
This senseless and egregious act of violence has outraged many across the world. The A3+1 condemns it, without reservation, and calls on the relevant authorities to spare no effort to ensure those culpable for President Moise’s assassination are immediately brought to justice.
We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the late President Moïse and to the Government and people of Haiti. Our prayers and thoughts are with them during this immensely difficult period.
In our Caribbean and African communities, we aim always to settle differences through dialogue and peaceful democratic institutions; we do not use violence and thuggery which undermine democracy and the rule of law.
We strongly urge the Haitian people to unite following this abhorrent act of violence and refrain from vigilante justice and retaliatory aggression that can compromise Haiti’s constitutional order.
The A3+1 will continue to work in close cooperation with CARICOM, the Organization of American States and the United Nations to assist in bringing a reasonable settlement to the state of uncertainty and instability that currently pervades our sister nation.
Haiti is a central pillar to our African and Caribbean civilization with a glorious yet complex history. We deeply grieve the brutal taking of a son of our soil, but we remain committed to the cause and desire to deliver a better life for the people of Haiti.
The A3+1 will continue championing Haiti’s development aspirations and desire to overcome its seemingly never-ending battle to create peace, security and stability for all Haitians.
On behalf of Kenya, Niger, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Tunisia, we remain in solidarity with the people of Haiti and pray that God grants them all the strength during this time of mourning. We must commit to stand together with our Haitians brothers and sister; they need us now more than ever.
I thank you!