UN ready to support peaceful solutions in Haiti

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By Wendy Peña

The United Nations Mission in Support of Justice in Haiti (Minusjusth) He expressed concern about the impact of the political crisis in Haiti's population.

On Sunday, UN representatives, They said they are willing to support "peaceful solutions, designed by Haitians to resolve the political crisis and alleviate the suffering of the population ".

further, the delegation, that the country will leave the 15 October, expressed its concern about the political crisis that that nation is going through and its attention to the demands expressed by citizens.

Peaceful solutions, according to the statement, they must be “in accordance with democratic norms and human rights principles”.

The crisis

For more than a month, the protests of thousands of outraged Haitian citizens, who denounce large-scale corruption, have escalated into a single demand, the country calls for the resignation of President Jovenel Moïse.

After Moïse was named in the report of the Court of Accounts on the squandering of funds from the Venezuelan aid program Petrocaribe, Civil organizations and opposition parties made the call to demand the resignation of the president.

In January this year, in a preliminary report released by a Haitian court, two former heads of government and other official officials were singled out for embezzlement of more than four billion dollars, that should have been used to improve national infrastructure.

Last Friday, one of the largest and most attended demonstrations took place, which the Haitians called: "Day of national dignity", and aimed to deliver a letter addressed to the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, to request that this international body withdraw all support for the Haitian president.

The Haitian population also faces other problems. Fuel shortages are one of them, and has affected the operation of hospitals, food and water supply.

Mid august, as a result of this lack, the protests became more violent, achieving the paralysis of the country from the past 16 of September. Since then, the city of Port au Prince, It is surrounded by barricades and blockades at its main entrances and accesses to other cities.

According to a report by the National Network for the Defense of Human Rights (RNDDH), posted last thursday, at least 17 people died and 189 were injured throughout the Haitian territory since the past 16 of September.

Trade affected by the crisis

A good part of Haiti's economy is based on the commercial exchange of agricultural products with its neighbor, Dominican Republic. Both countries trade with each other, embedded, chickens, eggs, pasta and household appliances, among other products.

But nevertheless, since the protests have increased and the main accesses to some cities are blocked, Cape Haitian merchants cannot continue their commercial economic activity normally; well also, crossing the border with Dajabón is also closed.

The president of the Dajabón Merchants Association, Freddy morillo, exposed to local media, that the riots in Haiti caused millions in losses with a reduction of more than 50% about the sales.

On the other hand, according to the mayor of the Dominican capital, Miguel Cruz, assured that the lack of functioning of the market keeps the local economy stagnant.