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Pres. heads to UN General Assembly under pressure from cholera victims

Valéry Bennett

National Palace Correspondent

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti ( – President Jocelerme Privert left Haiti Thursday for the United Nations General Assembly. He left a National Palace that has been the scene of sit-in protests, since Tuesday, of cholera victims who demanded he call for damages during his speech to the assembly scheduled for Friday.

The Communications Office of the Presidency on Thursday said it was taking the advantage to inform the general public that “the President of the Republic, His Excellency Jocelerme Privert, left the country, Tuesday, September 20, 2016, in the direction of New York (United States) to attend the 71st ordinary Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) that takes place under the theme ‘Sustainable Development Goals: Universal Force for Transforming the World.'”

The National Palace also said that the 71st General Assembly would be an opportunity for the Head of State to hold “important bilateral meetings with several personalities that will also be present in New York.”

President Privert is scheduled to deliver his speech from the rostrum of the General Assembly Friday, September 23rd. At this time, most of the Haitian nation will be watching to see if he will demand member nations to pitch in to make as whole as monetarily possible the victims of the cholera outbreak and pay to eradicating it in Haiti.

The Bureau of International Lawyers (BAI) and other popular civil society groups, namely, MOLEGHAF, began a sit-in protest at the National Palace on Tuesday September 13, 2016. They believe with the UN’s admission of guilt in the cholera outbreak, over the summer, the time is apropos for the calling of restitution.

The Head of State will return to Haiti Sunday, September 25, 2016.

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About The Author

Valéry Bennett is a graduate student of Digital Publishing at ESCP, Paris. He is of Haitian descent and participates in the biennial mission trip with his church.