“While achieving results should remain our common priority, we have already started to prepare for a transition to a non-peacekeeping presence, based on lessons learned in Haiti and in other contexts,” Jean-Pierre Lacroix, under-secretary-general for peacekeeping operations, told the U.N.’s Security Council recently.
Lacroix said that, in the coming months, his office will provide progress assessments to allow the 15-member body to take “well-informed decisions for the drawdown and eventual withdrawal of the UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH).”
Established in Oct. 2017, the U.N. said MINUJUSTH replaced the U.N. Stabilization Mission, which operated in Haiti for 13 years.
Much smaller than its predecessor, which had more than 4,000 military and police personnel, MINUJUSTH assists Haiti to further develop national police, strengthen rule of law institutions, and promote and protect human rights, the UN said.
While the Security Council is expected to renew MINUJUSTH, whose initial mandate was due to expire on April 15, Lacroix said the U.N. is determined to ensure it be the last peacekeeping operation deployed to Haiti.
In March, the U.N. released a strategic assessment of MINUJUSTH, including 11 benchmarks for a smooth transition to a non-peacekeeping presence by the last quarter of 2019.
“Haiti has come a long way to achieve the relative political and security stability it is now enjoying, but persistent economic uncertainties, which can result in social exclusion, particularly of youth and the most vulnerable, may undermine this progress,” Lacroix said.