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Recently appointed Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Haiti briefed journalists in Port-au-Prince today. MINUSTAH

 
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STORY: HAITI / FISHER
TRT: 2.20
SOURCE: MINUSTAH
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: FRENCH / NATS

DATELINE: 15 FEBRUARY 2013, PORT AU PRINCE, HAITI

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1. Cutaway, Cameraman operator
2. Wide Shot, Nigel Fisher coming into the PC room.
3. Cutaway, Audience
4. SOUNDBITE (French) Nigel Fisher, Special Representative of the Secretary-General ad interim for MINUSTAH:
“According to the Constitution of Haiti, elections for Senators elected in 2006 should have taken place already before the end of their term in January 2012. Here we are today, more than 13 months later, and the Haitian political elite is still in the process of trying to find a compromise that seems unattainable to form the basis of an agreement to move towards the elections. In addition elections which must also be credible, fair and inclusive.
5. Cutaway, Cameramen filming
6. SOUNDBITE (French) Nigel Fisher, Special Representative of the Secretary-General ad interim for MINUSTAH:
“If a field symbolizes the politics of exclusion and institutional weakness, and shows why Haiti is still not "open for business", it is the lack of progress in laying the foundation of such elections.”
7. Cutaway, journalist writing
8. SOUNDBITE (French) Nigel Fisher, Special Representative of the Secretary-General ad interim for MINUSTAH:
“The Security Council and the Secretary General also asked me to prepare, with the Haitian Government, a roadmap for the coming years which will clearly define a limited set of priorities for MINUSTAH, on order to promote stability and security, to strengthen the rule of law, and to respect human rights and good governance. This roadmap will also establish in a transparent way the conditions in which MINUSTAH will be able to further reduce its workforce”.
9. Wide shot: Nigel Fisher leaving PC room.

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Recently appointed Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) ad interim for Haiti, Nigel Fisher, briefed journalists in Port-au-Prince today about the main direction to where the mission will go in the coming months.

One of the main priorities the UN mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) has to face is the organization of elections.

Noting that according to the Haitian Constitution elections for Senators elected in 2006 should have taken place before the end of their term in January 2012. Fisher said “Here we are today, more than 13 months later, and the Haitian political elite is still in the process of trying to find a compromise that seems unattainable to form the basis of an agreement to move towards the elections. In addition elections which must also be credible, fair and inclusive.”

Just back from from his first visit to New York as SRSG, Nigel Fisher announced his plan for the following months, “The Security Council and the Secretary General also asked me to prepare, with the Haitian Government, a roadmap for the coming years which will clearly define a limited set of priorities for MINUSTAH in order to promote stability and security, to strengthen the rule of law, and to respect human rights and good governance. This roadmap will also establish in a transparent way the conditions in which MINUSTAH will be able to further reduce its workforce”.

Nigel Fisher proposed four core priorities for this roadmap, to enhance security by increasing the number, quality and distribution of the Haitian National Police, to strengthen the authority of the Permanent Electoral Council and enhance the culture of the rule of law and human rights. To support the strengthening of Haitian institutions is a main aim to be achieved in the area of good governance.

Nigel Fisher had been in Haiti for 3 years heading the UN country team that worked with national Haitian authorities in assessing the damage and loss caused by the earthquake. Afterwards he served as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator, leading the UN agencies in their efforts in humanitarian and recovery.

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