There will soon be no more peacekeepers in Haiti. The Minustah, the UN mission set up during the political turmoil in 2004, will formally end its mandate on Sunday, 8 October. It will give way to the Minujusth, a new UN mission with no military component. It will have just over 1,000 international police officers. On Thursday, 5 October, an official ceremony was held in Port Au Prince to mark the end of the Minustah.
The UN flag was lowered and folded. Symbolically, the Minustah ended and Sandra Honoré, who led the mission for the past four years expressed his satisfaction in moderation.
“Haiti today can rejoice in the more stable and secure. There is still a long way to go before Haiti achieves the stability and sustainable development that everyone aspires to.”
A new UN mission, the Minujusth, will take over. Haitian President Jovenel Moses calls for this continuity of international cooperation, but without an intermediary like NGOs.
“May international cooperation in this new era continues to accompany the public life of Haiti directly through its republican institutions, in order to eliminate cholera and achieve the objectives of sustainable development by 2030“.
In the tribune, Jovenel Moses was brief. He merely pronounced the name of the epidemic caused by Nepalese peacekeepers. Not a word, therefore, for the more than 10,000 Haitians killed by cholera. Nor is there anything to the attention of victims of sexual crimes committed by members of the Minustah.