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Peaceful transfer of power after election remains top priority for Haiti: Chinese envoy

04-07-2011 10:58 BJT

The top priority for Haiti is to put forward the political process in the country and to ensure a peaceful, just and credible transfer of power after the second round of presidential election, Li Baodong, the Chinese permanent representative to the United Nations, said on Wednesday.

Li told a high-level debate at the UN Security Council that China hoped the relevant parties in Haiti could increase mutual trust and keep united in order to create favorable conditions for political stability and accelerated reconstruction after the election.

Haiti, which suffered heavy setbacks last year as a result of earthquake and cholera epidemic, is still faced with long-term and daunting tasks of maintaining stability and rebuilding the country. China is concerned with the current political, security and humanitarian situations in Haiti, Li said.

Li noted that the international community should increase assistance to post-disaster reconstruction and development while ensuring security and stability in Haiti.

"We called on the international community to pay more attention to the existing difficulties and real needs of Haiti, to accelerate the fulfillment of the commitment made at the UN pledging conference on March 31 last year to make sure that the resources obtained and the projects carried out," said Li.

The government and people of Haiti bear primary responsibility to maintain national security and stability, rebuild their country as well as achieve the sustainable development. The international community should respect the autonomy and leading role of Haiti, Li said.

"China believes that the priority for the international community is to help Haiti maintain security and stability, restore and strengthen institutional capacity of the government and accelerate reconstruction," he added.

China backs the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) to focus on playing its role in supporting the capacity building of the government institutions of Haiti, particularly the security, police and judicial sectors, so as to create a safe and stable environment conducive to the country's reconstruction and development, said Li.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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