Belize’s Minister Appeals to UN for Aid in Haitian Crisis
Minister Courtenay also spoke on the crisis in Haiti, appealing to the United Nations to intervene and assist in the humanitarian tragedy taking place.
Eamon Courtenay, Minister of Foreign Affairs: “Mr.President too many of our member states continue to be oppressed by systematic but entire repairable injustices. The ambivalence of the international community and the United Nations itself in response to the desperate call for assistance is unconscionable. The Haitian people are suffering from unimaginable violence, human rights violations and a humanitarian disaster. The CARICOM Eminent Persons Group is working to facilitate political consensus building that will be essential for Haiti’s recovery. A broad based political compact is urgently needed to transition to constitutional governance. Belize commends the offer of Kenya to lead a multinational force to provide security assistance to Haiti. Mr.President Belize will join the other CARICOM countries in contributing to the multinational force once the appropriate framework is in place. And we call for the full funding of the Haiti Humanitarian Response Plan and a strong Security Council resolution to support the mobilization of the multinational force. Time flies. Haiti can wait no longer.”