United States Mission to the United Nations
Office of Press and Public Diplomacy
For Immediate Release
September 22, 2023
Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield Joins Secretary Blinken for Meeting on establishing a Multinational Security Support Mission to Haiti
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, joined Secretary of State Antony Blinken for a September 22 ministerial meeting to discuss the proposed establishment of a Multinational Security Support Mission (MSS) to Haiti. In addition to U.S. and Haitian government officials, other high-level participants included representatives from Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, The Bahamas, Barbados, Beirut, Belize, Canada, CARICOM, Chile, Colombia, Cote D’Ivoire, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, EU, France, Germany, Guyana, Jamaica, Japan, Italy, Mexico, OAS, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Lucia, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, UK, and Uruguay.
This ministerial supported months-long efforts led by officials from the U.S. and Ecuadorian missions to the United Nations, who are negotiating a UN Security Council Resolution asking the body to authorize a proposed Kenya-led MSS mission (MSS) in Haiti – a direct response by the international community to requests from the Government of Haiti. This effort is critical to restoring the security, safety, and stability of the Haitian people.
As President Biden said in his remarks before the 78th United Nations General Assembly, on September 19, “The United Nations must continue to preserve peace, prevent conflict, and alleviate human suffering… I call on the Security Council to authorize this mission now. The people of Haiti cannot wait much longer.”
Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield has long been a constant advocate for the people of Haiti. The United States and co-drafter Ecuador expect to bring the resolution to a vote at the UN Security Council in the near future.