Haiti – Politic : La Francophonie wants to get more involved in the Haitian crisis
Louise Mushikiwabo, Secretary General of La Francophonie, convened a select Advisory Committee on the political and institutional situation in Haiti, in accordance with the texts of La Francophonie on crisis and conflict prevention, in particular the provisions of Chapter 5 of the Declaration from Bamako.
Alongside the Secretary General, this Committee brought together the Representative of the President of Haiti to the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF), those of member states and governments as well as states observers of La Francophonie in the region of the Caribbean and Latin America, the Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly of La Francophonie (APF) and representatives of the Operators of La Francophonie.
This “ad hoc” Committee on Haiti aimed to reiterate the solidarity of La Francophonie with Haiti (Member State) and to discuss the political and institutional difficulties encountered.
While this year 2021 in Haiti is announced a referendum on a project for a new Constitution and elections https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-32719-haiti-flash-complete-calendar-of-all-electoral-operations-2020-2022-official.html , the participants called for an open and constructive dialogue to be initiated between the different parties in order to calm the situation and allow the holding of consensual and inclusive elections.
Delegations supported Louise Mushikiwabo’s proposal to very quickly dispatch a high-level information and contacts mission to Haiti. This mission will be responsible for initiating in-depth consultations with all stakeholders, including to determine with them the modalities of support for La Francophonie in response to the current crisis. The OIF is also available to technically support, in conjunction with international partners, the preparation of the elections, as it has regularly done over the past decades in Haiti.
Following this meeting, Claude Joseph declared “We welcome the support of the OIF to offer technical support to our elections during this crucial year for Haiti. The success of democracy in Haiti can act as a beacon of hope for global democracy. We welcome the support of our international partners.”