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Haiti - FLASH : US Special Envoy to Haiti Daniel Foote resigns
A resignation which is a new blow for Joe Biden who sees himself criticized without detour by his own Emissary.
Letter of resignation from Daniel Foote :
"Dear Secretary Blinken,
With deep disappointment and apologies to those seeking crucial changes, I resign from my position as Special Envoy for Haiti, effective immediately. I will not be associated with the United States inhumane, counterproductive decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees and illegal immigrants to Haiti, a country where American officials are confined to secure compounds because of the danger posed by armed gangs in control of daily life. Our policy approach to Haiti remains deeply flawed, and my recommendations have been ignored and dismissed, when not edited to project a narrative different from my own.
The people of Haiti, mired in poverty, hostage to the terror. kidnappings, robberies and massacres of armed gangs and suffering under a corrupt government with gang alliances, simply cannot support the forced infusion of thousands of returned migrants lacking food, shelter, and money without additional, avoidable human tragedy. The collapsed State is unable to provide security or basic services, and more refugees will fuel further desperation and crime. Surging migration to our borders will only grow as we add to Haiti's unacceptable misery.
Haitians need immediate assistance to restore the government's ability to neutralize the gangs and restore order through the national police. They need a true agreement across society and political actors, with international support, to chart a timely path to the democratic selection of their next president and parliament. They need humanitarian assistance, money to deliver COVID vaccines and so many other things.
But what our Haitian friends really want, and need, is the opportunity to chart their own course, without international puppeteering and favored candidates but with genuine support for that course. I do not believe that Haiti can enjoy stability until her citizens have the dignity of truly choosing their own leaders fairly and acceptably.
Last week, the U.S. and other embassies in Port-au-Prince issued another public statemem of support by for the unelected, de facto Prime Minister Dr. Ariel Henry as interim leader of Haiti, and have continued to tout his "political agreement" over another broader, earlier accord shepherded by civil society. The hubris that makes us believe we should pick the winner - again - is impressive. This cycle of international political interventions in I laiti has consistently produced catastrophic resuhs. More negative impacts to Haiti will have calamitous consequences not only in Haiti, but in the U.S. and our neighbors in the hemisphere.
Following the resignation of Daniel Foote, US President Joe Biden announced Thursday the dispatch to Haiti next week of two emissaries: Brian Nichols Assistant Secretary for Americas Affairs and Juan Gonzalez Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director of the Security Council national. They will meet with political and civil society actors to determine the best way forward to emerge from the crisis.
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