CARICOM statement on the establishment of the Haitian Presidential Council

The Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) welcome the news today of the publication of the decree establishing the Transitional Presidential Council in Haiti.  The establishment of the nine-member broad-based, politically inclusive Council signals the possibility of a new beginning for Haiti.

CARICOM has supported Haiti, its sister nation, through the challenging process of arriving at a Haitian owned formula for governance that will take the troubled country through elections to the restoration of the lapsed state institutions and constitutional government. Following on from the agreements reached in Kingston, Jamaica, on 11 March, which brought together a diverse group of Haitian political, private sector, civil society and faith-based stakeholders, the Transitional Presidential Council has devised a framework setting out the creation, organization and functioning of the Council, and arrived at a Political Accord that articulates the way forward.

The CARICOM Heads of Government fully endorse the principles of the Political Accord, and in particular take note of Article 16 which states, “The mission of the Presidential Council is to put Haiti back on the road to dignity, democratic legitimacy, stability and sovereignty and to ensure the proper functioning of the State’s institutions”.

It is also clear that one of the first priorities of the newly installed Presidential Council will be to urgently address the security situation so that Haitians can go about their daily lives in a normal manner; safely access food, water and medical services; children can return to school; women can move around without fear of horrific abuses; and so that businesses can reopen.

There are still daunting challenges ahead. CARICOM stands ready to continue to support the Haitian people and their leaders as they determine their future in a sovereign manner through this transitional period on the path to stability, security and long-term sustainable development for Haiti.

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  1. if we knew better
    April 15, 2024

    Negotiations about Haiti. I hope you have a team of Haitian reps to you all

  2. dissident
    April 14, 2024

    negotiations with gangs are a doomed failure.
    some people gonna get what they want and the majority of the population will remain the same…… change.
    not even de church appears to be able to make any meaningful change…. de church has always been there watching.
    you can’t have peace on one side of de earth and war on de other side
    war is war and peace is peace
    de root of de issue still exists
    time after time group after group
    foreign or homegrown native…….NO THING WORKS!!!!!!!
    Politics failed
    religion failing dem
    this reflects and connects all of western society……..and de rest who feel they are worlds away to be bothered to care .

    • Pat
      April 15, 2024

      Ah…. this probably makes sense but, can you say that in English please?

  3. Let's Face It
    April 13, 2024

    Welcome step in the right direction, thanks for the hard work.
    I do hope it includes the patriots such as the famed hero nicknamed Barbecue, whom the papa-doc elite do not want in their way of making mega money from the big countries and their companies.

  4. Ibo France
    April 13, 2024

    The Transitional Presidential Council must not exclude some of the leaders who are at the genesis of this most recent uprising. It’s a bitter pill to swallow but failure to include them would most likely engender more turmoil and political instability.

    This latest initiative to quell the ongoing violence MUST be driven mostly by Haitians with CARICOM and other friends of Haiti giving ‘counsel’ if requested.

    I want to be optimistic but the present leaders of CARICOM botch almost everything. They do not inspire confidence in any task at hand. They are just a set of self-serving, sanctimonious, barefaced, corrupt megalomaniacs.

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