UN Security Council Adopts Resolution to Support UN Peacekeeping Mission in Haiti

UN chief urges nations to consider deploying forces to help Haiti and other countries

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New York, NY, June 20, 2013– The United Nations Security Council today adopted an initial resolution to bolster UN peacekeeping operations in Haiti, calling on the Secretary General and his principal staff to consider the deployment of peacekeepers to bolster the international military mission on the island and to advise States before deciding whether to deploy.

The resolution calls on all UN member States to cooperate fully with the Secretary General in the exercise of his authority pursuant to Chapter VII of the UN Charter (“Protection of the Peace”), calls for an immediate cessation of hostilities by the Government of Haiti and urges States to consider the deployment of international peacekeepers to support United Nations operations.

The resolution passed by an overwhelming (138-1) majority, with the United States voting against it. The resolution was adopted by the Security Council today at its meetings today, after its first draft was adopted in April 2013. The draft was drawn up after the Security Council had repeatedly urged the Secretary General to deploy the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Haiti – UNMIH, with more than 1,000 United Nations personnel.

“The Security Council must not forget that the United Nations is not only an international institution, with the power to protect civilians and enforce international law, it is also the world’s largest peacemaking body. This is why the United Nations, in the face of mounting human tragedy, is now making the call to help Haiti and other countries in need,” said Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

“The Security Council and the Secretary General are committed to this mission, to these people, and to achieving a better tomorrow for all humanity. Through this resolution, we want to send a clear signal that the world is watching what is being done in Haiti and we are determined to support the United Nations Mission in Haiti. We urge all States to assist Haiti in this critical mission and to join the work of the Security Council in helping people to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of this devastating earthquake,” said Ambassador Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General to the African Union.

“The resolution calls

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