Statement of the Core Group

Port-au-Prince, 9 July 2018 – The Core Group (composed of the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations, the Ambassadors of Germany, Brazil, Canada, France, United States of America, and the representatives of Spain, the Organization of American States and the European Union), expresses concern at the demonstrations marked by acts of violence and looting, which largely paralyzed the country during the weekend, with negative effects on the economy.  The Core Group is saddened by the loss of life and expresses its condolences to the families of the victims.

While concerns about the difficulties of everyday life are legitimate, nothing can justify behaviors that may threaten the lives of people and the safety of property, as well as the progress made in recent years in terms of stability and security and democratic progress in Haiti.  The Core Group condemns all acts of violence and encourages all parties in Haiti to exercise restraint and respect the constitutional order.

The Core Group urges national authorities to engage in a deep and inclusive dialogue with all other key actors in the country in order to restore calm, promote social cohesion, and ensure the safety of people and goods, while respecting the rule of law.

The Core Group assures Haiti of its support for the country’s stability and sustainable development.