Press Release. Cuba, on behalf of CELAC, stresses the importance that the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) count on the adequate resources to meet its mandate.
New York, May 10.- In a statement delivered at the Session of the Fifth Commission of the UN General Assembly on the subject Financing of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti, Ambassador Oscar León González, Deputy Permanent Representative of Cuba, on behalf of the Community of Latin-American and Caribbean States, stressed the importance that MINUSTAH count on resources sufficient to accomplish its mandate.
In the context of a new budgetary exercise for MINUSTAH, the Cuban diplomatic highlighted the objection of CELAC to any arbitrary reduction of the resources allocated to the Mission and expressed that the budget of the Mission, same as those of other Peacekeeping Missions, should be based on the situation on the ground. The Community stated that the efficiency measures should not be proposed at the expenses of the lives of those serving the United Nations in a cause of peace. Afterwards, the Community opposed to the withdrawal of the fixed-wing aircraft, one of the necessary assurances for the provision of health evacuation services in the country.
In this framework, CELAC reiterated its commitment to help Haiti to reach the path of stability, sustainable peace and development. During the speech, the fact that “CELAC countries are contributing most of the military and police staff to MINUSTAH and that they are also supporting Haiti through bilateral channels, regional organizations and the United Nations System by providing technical cooperation, humanitarian assistance, medical teams and other forms of cooperation” was underscored.
CELAC reaffirmed its solidarity to the people and Government of Haiti and the full respect for the national priorities and the sovereignty of that brother country. Lastly, the Community referred to the significant role of the Stabilization Mission, especially in responding the urgent needs of Haiti.
The UN General Assembly Fifth Commission is the one in charge of administrative and budgetary affairs and, the General Assembly considers and approves the budget of the Organization within the framework of this Commission. In addition, this Commission deals with the administrative and budgetary aspects of the United Nations Peacekeeping Operations.