Given international support, Haiti is on its way to a new period of growth and stability despite the challenges it must face as it tries to recover from the Jan. 12 destructive earthquake, the top United Nations official in the country said.
However, Edmond Mulet emphasized that the Haitian government also needs to adhere to its electoral and political timetable to allow for a constitutional turnover of power in February 2011.
Failing to follow this timetable would “seriously undermine the stability we have been working towards in Haiti for many years,” said Mulet, head of the U.N. mission in Haiti, or MINUSTAH, and the secretary-general’s special representative in the Caribbean country.
Haiti will also have to deal with new security challenges, including the escaped criminals around the country, and the economic risks of a highly vulnerable environment, Mulet added.
“However, I believe there is good reason to think that Haiti and its international partners can manage and mitigate those risks,” the envoy said.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon endorsed in a recent report a proposal to strengthen the MINUSTAH to better handle reconstruction and recovery in the country.