Press Release


OAS Permanent Council Adopts Declaration in Support of Haiti

  January 26, 2011

During a Special Session, the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) reaffirmed its support for Haitian authorities in the electoral process and reiterated its commitment with the country’s constitutional framework, democratic process, peace and stability.

At today’s meeting, the Council adopted the following declaration:

DECLARATION BY THE PERMANENT COUNCIL OF THE ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES IN SUPPORT OF HAITI

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States reaffirms the commitment of the Organization to support the Haitian authorities in the ongoing electoral process.

The Permanent Council reiterates its full support for and commitment to the constitutional framework, democratic process, and peace and stability in Haiti.

The Permanent Council also reaffirms its recognition of the work carried out by the Joint OAS-CARICOM Electoral Observation Mission (JEOM) and for the assessment and recommendations of the Expert Verification Mission of the Vote Tabulation for the November 28, 2010, Presidential Election in the Republic of Haiti.

The Permanent Council is pleased that the Report of the Expert Verification Mission was received by the Government of Haiti on January 13, 2011, and subsequently submitted by the Government of Haiti to the Provisional Electoral Council on January 18, 2011, which, under Haitian law, decides on its application.

The Permanent Council welcomes the press release issued by the Provisional Electoral Council on January 18, 2011, indicating that the recommendations contained in the Report of the Expert Verification Mission will be considered for the second round.

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at www.oas.org.

Reference: E-517/11