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Haiti - Security: USA and Canada still in discussion on a military mission
28/10/2022 09:20:46

Haiti - Security: USA and Canada still in discussion on a military mission
The United States and Canada will work together to "cut the knot of insecurity" that has allowed gangs to create a humanitarian crisis in Haiti, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Thursday "What needs to be done above all, it is to solve the problem of security, because now the situation is such that gangs occupy the public space, whether in Port-au-Prince or elsewhere in the country," Blinken declared, "our countries have worked very closely together to do a few things to try to cut this knot of insecurity and deal with the gang problem. One is to support the National Police of Haiti, including with equipment, advice, and everything recently, as you know, Canada has provided armored vehicles to the National Police of Haiti with our collaboration. At the same time, we are trying to break the link between these gangs and some of the political actors who finance and direct them, and this goes in the direction of the sanctions that have recently been proposed to the United Nations as well as sanctions that we are making on our own basis to try to reach those who support and lead the gangs."

But neither Blinken nor Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly has committed their country to lead a military force in the Caribbean nation. "It's a work in progress and we continue to pursue it," Blinken said at a press conference in Ottawa during his first visit to Canada.

Blinken said Canada and the United States agree that more "probably needs to be done" to help the Haitian National Police restore its grip on security, and that a military mission would be aimed at supporting the overstretched Haitian police force. "We talked about what it might look like," Blinken said. "We have both spoken to various countries to gauge their interest and willingness to participate," discussions are still ongoing about a multilateral military intervention in Haiti, not wanting to confirm whether or not the United States United have received a request to lead such a mission - Ms. Joly did not make this clarification either for Canada.

Joly said Canada sent an "assessment mission" https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-37992-haiti-crisis-canada-leads-an-assessment-mission-in-haiti.html to gather information to find the solutions supported by Haitians "We currently have a team of Canadian officials on the ground in Haiti who assess the humanitarian security crisis and find ways to resolve it. In the immediate term, we must see a humanitarian truce to restore the supply of fuel, water and food."

Canada calls for a "humanitarian truce" in Haiti, Mélanie Joly, during the press conference explained that this truce was necessary to restore the supply of water, gasoline and food in the country, she wishes that the Haitians can replenish their reserves of essential goods and that hospitals can counter the cholera crisis.

"Canada continues to monitor the situation very closely and we will always favor solutions by and for Haitians,"said Ms. Joly.

"It was also essential that we sanction the gangs that fuel the violence on the island, and we both welcome the steps taken by the UN Security Council to impose sanctions. We must keep the pressure on. Canada will continue to monitor the situation closely, and we will help where we can and try to support Haitian-led solutions."

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