NAMES CHIEF OF MISSION TO STRENGTHEN DEMOCRACY IN HAITI;
DESIGNATES COMMISSION OF INQUIRY ON VIOLENCE
Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), César
Gaviria, today announced that Canadian diplomat David Lee, the former
Special Coordinator of Canada for Haiti, will head a Special Mission to
Strengthen Democracy in Haiti. Ambassador Denneth Modeste, an advisor to
Assistant Secretary General Luigi Einaudi, will be Deputy Chief.
also today designated a Commission of Inquiry to examine the
circumstances surrounding the violence in Haiti on December 17, 2001.
The Commission, comprised of three distinguished jurists from the
Americas, will travel to Haiti on Monday.
is a critical juncture in efforts to find a lasting solution to the
political crisis in Haiti," Gaviria said. "We want to move
forward with all speed, and are grateful that public servants of such
caliber will be working with us on these complex issues."
creation of both bodies responds to a January 16 mandate from the OAS
Permanent Council in which the OAS member states agreed to work with the
Haitians to help resolve that country's two-year-old political crisis.
The Commission of Inquiry will examine all aspects of the
violence of December 17, and make recommendations to the Haitian
authorities based on its findings of fact. The members of the Commission
are: Nicholas Liverpool of Dominica,
a veteran diplomat and legal consultant nominated by the Caribbean
Community (CARICOM); Roberto Flores Bermúdez, a lawyer and former
Foreign Minister of Honduras; and Alonso Gómez Robledo, a scholar of
international law from Mexico.
Special Mission to Strengthen Democracy will establish working
relationships with appropriate Haitian institutions to
address issues related to security, justice, human rights and good
governance. The Special Mission will begin operations later this month.
Attached are brief biographies of the leaders of the Special
Mission and the members of the Commission of Inquiry.
MISSION TO STRENGTHEN DEMOCRACY IN HAITI
of Mission David Lee, of Canada, has served his country in a number of
diplomatic posts. From 1997 to 2001, he was Special Coordinator of
Canada for Haiti and Advisor for the Management of Political and
Security Policy at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International
Trade (DFAIT) in Ottawa. Previously Lee was the DFAIT Director General
for International Organizations. From 1986 to 1994, he was Canada's
Assistant Chief Negotiator to the Uruguay Round of Trade Negotiations.
Chief of Mission Denneth Modeste, of Grenada, is an Advisor to the OAS
Assistant Secretary General Luigi Einaudi and former Director of the OAS
National Office in Haiti. Prior to that, he was the Ambassador of
Grenada to the United States and to the OAS.
Nicholas Liverpool, of Dominica, is a jurist and legal consultant who
has served on several tribunals and law reform commissions in the
Caribbean, including his current post as Chairman of the Constitution
Review Commission for Grenada. A former Ambassador of Dominica to the
United States, Liverpool has also served as a Justice of Appeal in
Belize, the Bahamas and the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.
Flores Bermúdez until recently was the Minister of Foreign Affairs of
Honduras. A lawyer and career diplomat, Flores previously had
represented his country as Ambassador to Great Britain, the United
States and the United Nations. In the late 1980s, he played an active
role in the peace negotiations and return to democracy in Central
Alonso Gómez Robledo Verduzco has been a Law Professor at the National
Autonomous University of Mexico since 1978. A specialist in
international public law, he has published and lectured extensively on
human rights, extradition issues, international treaties and other
subjects. He has also served as an advisor to the Mexican government.