In order to find a viable and concerted solution, as the US Embassy in Port-au-Prince had announced, Assistant Deputy Secretary Cindy Kierscht paid a visit to Haiti on Tuesday, April 02, 2019 to discuss cooperation and address with key actors of the Nation all facets of the socio-political and economic crisis of Haiti.
During this visit, she met with the Head of State Jovenel Moïse and discussed the possibilities of economic growth, the planning of legislative and local elections as well as other points.
Accompanied, during his meetings, by the Ambassador of the United States accredited in Haiti Helene Sison, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Haiti, Canada and the Caribbean Cindy Kierscht also met the Presidents of the two branches of Parliament namely the Senator Carl Murat Cantave and MP Gary Bodeau to explain to them how a genuine and inclusive dialogue leading to a transparent and accountable Government can best meet the needs and inspirations of the Haitian people.
In the hope of getting the support needed to engage Haitians in dialogue, President Jovenel Moïse is now calling on the UN to play an observer role.
For several months, after trying in vain to gather around the same table all the actors of society, this Wednesday, April 3 in New York, on behalf of President Jovenel Moïse, the Haitian Minister of Foreign Affairs Bocchit Edmond asked the Security Council of the United Nations to ensure that the Organization plays the role of observer in the inter-Haitian dialogue.
For this, a request for technical assistance was also issued by the National Dialogue Facilitation Committee for the provision of a senior expert of the United Nations in the field.
Less than 24 hours before the installation of the inter-Haitian Dialogue Facilitation Committee, Charles Suffrard, one of the members of the committee has resigned.
In a letter dated 24 February addressed to President Jovenel Moise, Charles Suffrard resigned after having read a communiqué issued by the Secretariat of the Presidency on the mission of the said Committee.
Indeed, the communiqué of the Presidency has given mission to the members of the ‘omité to initiate a political dialogue to “lead to the establishment of an inclusive government”.
According to the national coordinator of the national organization “Koze Pèp”, there has never been any question of setting up a government, as stated in the communiqué. This aspect was never discussed during the working sessions with President Jovenel Moïse. In addition, shocked by this release, the leader of the peasantry of the Artibonite region believes that he was stabbed in the back and we just wanted to use it.
It should be noted that Charles Suffrard, next to Kettly Julien, was one of the famous figures of this Committee composed in addition of Carlo Joseph, Marie Carmelle Mentor, Senatus Dorothie, Marie Michele Sylvie Rameau and Rudolph Dérose.