March 1, 2002
ESTABLISHING SPECIAL OAS MISSION TO HAITI
SIGNED IN PORT-AU-PRINCE
Luigi R. Einaudi, the Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of
American States (OAS), this morning signed an agreement with Haiti's
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Joseph Philippe Antonio, to set up a
Special OAS Mission to Haiti, in keeping with Resolution 806 that the
OAS Permanent Council passed on January 16.
Agreement, signed in Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital, sets out the
terms and conditions for this Mission that will support the government
and people of Haiti in strengthening the country's democratic
institutions, specifically in the areas of security, justice, human
rights, democratic development, governance and institutional
Resolution 806, the security component of this mission—appointed by
the OAS and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)—will conduct an
independent investigation into the violent events of December 17, 2001.
overall Mission will help bring about conditions for the negotiations to
be resumed as soon as possible, to settle the long-running political
crisis in Haiti.