MINUSTAH to end in 2017

Author:  CMC
UNITED NATIONS – Sandra Honoré, head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission (MINUSTAH), said the mission will cease operations in Haiti within six months.  Addressing the United Nations Security Council last month, Honoré said progress achieved during the past 13 years in Haiti’s stabilization process is notable and it “is therefore timely to reshape the partnership among the international community, the United Nations and Haiti with a view to ensuring the sustainability of this progress.

Honore head“It is with this in mind, that the secretary-general has recommended the closure of MINUSTAH in six months from now and the establishment of a smaller peacekeeping operation with concentrated focus on the rule of law and police development, with strong good offices and human rights monitoring roles,” she added.


The U.N. mission, established in June 2004 by a U.N. Security Council resolution, succeeded a multinational interim force (MIF) after then President Bertrand Aristide departed Haiti for exile in the aftermath of an armed conflict, which spread to several cities across the country.

In Jan. 2010, the U.N. Security Council, by resolution, endorsed the secretary-general’s recommendation to increase the overall force levels of MINUSTAH to support the immediate recovery, reconstruction and stability efforts in Haiti.

Following the completion of presidential elections in 2011, MINUSTAH has been working to fulfill its original mandate to restore a secure and stable environment, to promote the political process, to strengthen Haiti’s government institutions and rule-of-law-structures, as well as to promote and to protect human rights.

- Edited from CMC.