Today’s decision at the United Nations Security Council to authorize a Multinational Security Support (MSS) mission for Haiti marks an important milestone in bringing much-needed help to the people of Haiti who have suffered for far too long at the hands of violent criminals. We thank our partners at the council for moving swiftly to approve this decision, which formally endorses the mission and lays the framework for how the international community can best support Haiti at this critical time.
The global community owes a debt of gratitude to Kenya for answering Haiti’s call to serve as the lead nation of the mission, and likewise to the other nations that have pledged to join this mission alongside Kenya, including Jamaica, The Bahamas, and Antigua and Barbuda. We thank these nations for their leadership and willingness to bring relief to Haiti.
We have taken an important step today, but our work to support the people of Haiti is not done. It is now crucial that we focus on making progress in mobilizing the international support necessary to deploy this mission swiftly, effectively, and safely. The people of Haiti deserve to feel safe enough to leave their homes, restore their livelihoods, and go to the polls to democratically elect a government that represents their interests.