[ezilidanto] Question to Ezili DantÃ²/HLLN on Wikileaks docs on Preval & Haiti manipulations, erzilidanto, 12/02/2010)
UN threatened to pull out of Haiti
The United Nations will leave Haiti and world powers will stop supporting the impoverished nation if the government fails to honour election results, a senior UN peacekeeper has warned.
Dec 3, 2010
"If the people's decision is respected and recognized by Haiti's Provisional Electoral Council, there will be no problems and the international community will be engaged in helping the new government face huge challenges," Edmond Mulet said as the country awaited the outcome of Sunday's presidential and legislative elections.
But he warned in an interview that "the international community will pull out of Haiti and the country will not benefit from international support and resources if the people's decision is not respected."
Twelve of the 18 presidential contenders are demanding that the election results be annulled after a campaign marred by violence and fraud in favour of ruling party candidate Jude Celestin.
"We continue to have faith in the members of the Provisional Electoral Council. We will see whether they are up to the circumstances and whether neither intimidation nor money can make them change their minds," Mr Mulet said.
Tensions meanwhile simmered in Haiti with its political future hanging in the balance as vote-counting was underway ahead of the expected release of preliminary results on Tuesday.
Protesters renewed charges of vote-rigging and cholera fears led to deadly mob violence while candidates remained split over whether to endorse the outcome. Amid growing tensions, authorities banned public demonstrations demanding President Rene Preval's ouster.
With the impoverished Caribbean nation in limbo, between 2,000 and 3,000 opposition demonstrators peacefully took to the streets of Port-au-Prince seeking annulment of the vote to determine the successor to Preval.
An unexpected admission from the ruling INITE (UNITY) party that Mr Celestin may have lost the vote has brought hope of a political watershed if the dysfunctional, failing nation is able to manage a relatively peaceful transition of power.
Meanwhile, the stubborn cholera epidemic, which has claimed more than 1,800 lives since mid-October, cast a shadow over the first election since a massive earthquake tore the country apart in January, killing some 250,000 people.
Expressing concern about the post-election crisis, Mr Mulet urged for calm.
"The UN and the international community will never accept that a legitimate Haitian president leaves under pressure from the street. It would be a coup," he said in responding to the calls for Preval's removal.