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Haiti - FLASH : Trudeau does not rule out an intervention in Haiti but with countries of the South
14/12/2022 09:50:55

Haiti - FLASH : Trudeau does not rule out an intervention in Haiti but with countries of the South
In his year-end interview with The Canadian Press, Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, regarding the possibility of sending an intervention force to Haiti, said that Canada remained committed to playing a leading role in an eventual intervention of the international community in Haiti stating "There is a level of trust between the Haitian people and Canada that they have less with other allies so we are well positioned for that."

Trudeau explained that Ottawa was trying to involve Caribbean and South American countries "One of the things we are trying to do is to bring other countries from the South with us [...] so that this intervention is that of the North and the West which come to the aid of Haiti."

On Tuesday, December 13, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau convened the Incident Response Group with ministers and senior officials to discuss the evolving situation in Haiti. They were joined by the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations in New York, Bob Rae, the Ambassador of Canada to the United States of America, Kirsten Hillman, and the Ambassador of Canada to Haiti, Sébastien Carrière. Ambassador Rae provided an overview of his recent diplomatic mission to Haiti.

The group was briefed on the security and humanitarian situation in Haiti, which remains fragile. Haitians continue to face gang violence and blockades, including indiscriminate attacks, sexual and gender-based violence, destruction of homes, and mass displacement. The ongoing insecurity continues to exacerbate a humanitarian crisis by limiting the flow of fuel, food, water, medicine, and other essential goods. The group welcomed news that political dialogue amongst key Haitian stakeholders continues, including a recent call for consensus by the private sector.

The group discussed further steps to be taken by Canada and its partners to support the people of Haiti. Prime Minister Trudeau directed officials to continue exploring how Canada can respond to the multidimensional crisis in Haiti with partners and support a Haitian-led solution. As part of these efforts, Canada will embed a team within the Embassy of Canada in Haiti to better liaise and engage with Haitian security stakeholders. This will help prioritize local voices and enable Canada to be more responsive to the needs of Haitians. Canada will also continue to work to hold to account those who are responsible for the unrest, including through sanctions and other tools, and will continue to encourage partners to do the same.

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