‘We shall succeed in Haiti’ – Ruto says after UN Security Council approves Kenya-led security mission

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On Tue, 3 Oct, 2023 15:02 | 2 mins read
President William Ruto at a past event. PHOTO/(@WilliamRuto)X

President William Ruto on Tuesday embraced the United Nations Security Council's approval of the Kenya-led multinational security mission to Haiti.

In a press statement on Tuesday, October 3, 2023, the President welcomed the council's decision noting that it was "an overdue and critical instrument to define the multinational mission".

Ruto lauded the 15-member UN Security Council's resolution and termed it an essential moment in the history of global multilateralism.

"The resolution marks an important moment in the history of global multilateralism, as we engage international collective action that places human security and dignity at the same level," Ruto said.

The country's Head of State went on to say that the situation grappling the Caribbean country demands humanitarian consideration and that it was a moral responsibility for the international community.

While acknowledging that the mission is of critical urgency, Ruto affirmed Kenya's commitment to intervene in the gang violence grappling the North American country and expressed optimism that the 1,000 troops Kenya has offered to send to Haiti will succeed.

“The situation in Haiti demands, as a matter of humanitarian consideration, moral responsibility and fundamental justice, that actions be scaled up significantly to meet the demands of emergency relief, humanitarian aid, support for livelihoods and major interventions in public health and environmental protection.

“In our struggle, we always had friends, not an overwhelming multitude of powerful allies, yet nevertheless true, loyal and determined friends. The people of Haiti, our dear friends, today stand in need. It is our fundamental moral obligation to be their friend indeed, by standing with them. We shall succeed in Haiti. We must not fail the people of Haiti," Ruto added.

The resolution followed a voting process from a 15-member council on Monday, October 2, 2023. 13 voted in favour of the solution while Russia and China did not vote.

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