The former president of Haiti has called for the country to be evacuated from the International Criminal Court and for those in the United States to be deported.
Antoine Giaouilhier, who led the government of the country until he was ousted in a coup last year, was speaking at the UN in New York on Thursday.
He was speaking after a meeting between Haitian leaders, members of the UN Security Council and other international officials.
“I call for all Haitians to leave Haiti, because we cannot be part of this catastrophe,” Mr Giaoulier said.
President Giambattista “Jacques” Duvalier and his cabinet are at the United Nations in New Jersey.(AP: Jonathan Ernst)Haiti is in the midst of a humanitarian crisis.
Thousands of Haitians have died in the capital Port-au-Prince, many of them children.
The country’s economy is in tatters and the United Nation has warned that its citizens will face food shortages and long lines to get basic supplies.
Mr Giaousier said that Haitians should not stay in Haiti if they can help it.
“There are people in the world who want to take over Haiti.
They want to bring about a catastrophe,” he said.”
It’s not good.
It’s a horrible shame.
Haiti is a beautiful country.
It should be left alone.”
Mr Giamba was president of the Dominican Republic from 2004 to 2010 before being ousted in the coup of his longtime ally, Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
He was ousted by Mr Aristide’s followers.
Haitian President Jean-Claude Trichet (L) and his wife Jean-Pierre arrive for a meeting at the U.N. in New Brunswick.(AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)Mr Giumier’s remarks come as Haiti and its neighbours – the Dominican and the Dominican-American colonies – face a wave of refugee crises as people flee the violence and insecurity that has swept the country in recent years.
The country is suffering from a humanitarian emergency, with some 4.4 million people displaced and another 3.5 million living in makeshift camps.