Haiti: fragility of the state and political crisis worry MEPs

Published: 19 January 2011 y., Wednesday

One year after the earthquake, Haiti is still in chaos, an emergency situation where rebuilding has barely begun, say MEPs in a resolution adopted on Wednesday. They recognise the considerable efforts of NGOs on the ground but emphasise the weak capacity of the Haitian state and the risk that the political crisis could deteriorate.

Commending the work of humanitarian organisations active in Haiti, MEPs say better communication is needed about the non-visible effects of the humanitarian measures because it is thanks to these that the situation on the ground has been brought under control.

The recent cholera epidemic has highlighted the almost total inability of the Haitian state to cope with a disease which is easy to prevent and cure, and the limits of international aid in a country receiving massive humanitarian resources (12,000 NGO staff). Humanitarian actors "should not and cannot continue to overcome the weaknesses of the Haitian state or even replace it", according to the resolution. It urges the state to respect its commitments, strengthen its authority and build up the capacity of local and national institutions.

Reconstruction needs stability and political will

Following the results of the contested presidential and legislative elections in November 2010, MEPs are deeply concerned about the current political crisis.

The EU, they say, should do everything in its power to support a transparent and legitimate electoral process and the smooth running of the postponed second round in February, to prevent Haiti falling into a deeper crisis. "Only an elected and legitimate president and parliamentarians can take legitimate decisions and the necessary reconstruction requires stability and political will", stress MEPs.

Šaltinis: europa.eu
Copying, publishing, announcing any information from the News.lt portal without written permission of News.lt editorial office is prohibited.

Facebook Comments

New comment




Associated articles

The most popular articles

Related videos


Padėkime augti

Deadly rush-hour blast hits subway in Belarus

A blast at a metro station in the Belarussian capital of Minsk has killed at least 11 people and injured dozens more. more »

Thousands join Tokyo anti-nuke march

Around five thousand people march through the streets of Tokyo in anti-nuclear protests. more »

Migration crisis in Lampedusa under the spotlight

The need for a stronger EU response to the migrant inflow crisis on the Italian island of Lampedusa is expected to be among the subjects discussed with the European Commission on Monday afternoon. more »

Arab warplanes join Libya mission

Qatar is the first Arab nation to send fighter jets to help enforce the UN no fly zone over Libya, while other coalition countries also contribute aircraft. more »

Radiation checks on Japanese food imports

Countries reliant on Japanese food imports are checking for possible radiation contamination resulting from Japan's nuclear crisis. more »

Soyuz spacecraft returns to earth

One American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts return safely to earth after several months aboard the International Space Station. more »

Japanese fishing town „totally devastated“

Up to 9,000 people are feared dead in the Japanese fishing hamlet of Otsuchi, where a Red Cross spokesman says residents could not evacuate in time. more »

Inclusion of aviation in the EU ETS: Commission publishes historical emissions data on which allocations will be based

The European Commission has, today, taken an important step in preparing for the full inclusion of aviation in the EU's emissions trading system (EU ETS) from 1 January next year. more »

Noose tightens on Gaddafi

Pressure mounts on Tripoli as more cities are now under rebel control. more »

Search for quake survivors goes on

Rescue efforts continue six days after a devastating earthquake hit Christchurch. more »