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UN welcomes establishment of Haiti Transitional Council

United Nations, Apr 25 (Prensa Latina) The Secretary General of the UN, António Guterres, today welcomed the formal establishment of the Haitian Transitional Council, in charge of charting the political route for that nation.

In a statement released by his spokesperson, Guterres called on the new authorities and all interested parties to accelerate the full implementation of the governance arrangements for the transitional stage.

In addition, he took note of the letter sent by the former Prime Minister, Ariel Henry, who presented his resignation from office to make way for this process, and the appointment of Michel Patrick Boisvert to the position on an interim basis.

The UN head insisted on the need for the rapid deployment of the multinational security mission, approved for the country in the search for more support for the National Police and to address the terrible security situation.

In this sense, the high representative asked member states to reinforce financial support to guarantee the success of this peace force, approved by the UN Security Council since October 2023.

This Thursday, members of Haiti’s Transitional Presidential Council were sworn in at the National Palace before a limited audience.

The body made up of nine members will have the difficult task of stopping violence of the gangs that, according to estimates, control 80 percent of the Haitian capital.

The escalation of organized gangs forced more than 95,000 people to flee Port-au-Prince, while five million suffer from acute hunger, according to UN experts.