Caricom has a critical role to play in restoring peace and stability to one of its founding member states, Haiti, according to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
Guterres hailed Caricom for its consistent support for the United Nations mission in Haiti during the virtual start of the 11th Caricom-UN general meeting on Wednesday. Caricom’s desire to help facilitate this conversation encouraged him. He further stated that the UN will be counting on its continued support in the UN’s efforts to help Haiti.
He went on to remark that as they face the difficulties ahead, their collaboration would further strengthen everyone’s ability to help the people of the Caribbean construct a more peaceful, just, and sustainable future.
He made no mention of Haitian president Jovenel Moise’s assassination on July 7 or the events that followed. Caricom condemned Moise’s assassination in a statement released on June 7 and urged Haitians to “stay calm, overcome their differences, and unify at this time of national peril”.
Caricom stated that it is willing to “take the lead in fostering a national debate and negotiation process to assist the Haitian people and institutions in crafting an indigenous solution to the issue”. The National Security Ministry announced in a statement that the national flag will be flown at half-mast on Friday, Moise’s funeral day, as a symbol of respect.