Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the UN Security Council Authorization of the Multinational Security Support Mission for Haiti

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October 2, 2023

Today, the United Nations Security Council adopted an historic resolution – co-penned by the United States and Ecuador – to authorize a Multinational Security Support (MSS) mission for Haiti. The Haitian government and civil society, the UN, and other international partners have long called for this mission, which will provide critical international assistance for the Haitian National Police to address gang violence and pave the way toward long-term stability in Haiti.

The mission speaks to the UN’s ability to galvanize collective action, but today’s vote is only the first step – now, the work of getting the mission off the ground begins. The United States thanks Kenya for positively considering leading the mission and welcomes the pledges by Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Jamaica, and others for mission personnel.

The United States will continue to support the Haitian people in their time of need and is committed to surging assistance to the mission. We call on the international community to join us. We must act with urgency as the people of Haiti cannot and should not wait for the peace and stability they deserve.

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