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Haiti - FLASH : First meetings with the Kenyan delegation
"We are here to assess the needs of the National Police of Haiti, better understand the situation and do our best to help the Haitian people," said Ambassador Georges Orina, Director General, Bilateral and Political Affairs, Ministry Foreign and Diaspora Affairs of Kenya and Head of the Kenyan Delegation.
Prime Minister Ariel Henry explained the Haitian request to support the PNH in order to establish security on the national territory and allow the free movement of people and goods. The lessons learned from previous missions have enabled the Government and the international community to have a different approach and to opt for a more suitable multinational force in order to provide effective support to the PNH and allow Haiti to have a force more able to deal with new forms of crime, while continuing its cooperation with the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH).
The Kenyan delegation which met in New York, before its stay in Haiti, with countries and groups working on a solution to the Haitian security crisis, assured the Government that each and everyone had understood the Haitian demands and the urgent need to put an end to a situation which is paralyzing the functioning of the country and putting the future of its citizens in danger.
Let's recall that Kenya, which was a non-permanent member of the Security Council, has been engaged since 1989 in peacekeeping missions. Kenyan troops have a long experience, having served in Kosovo, Yugoslavia, Sierra Leone, Timor, Somalia, Sudan and Angola among others.
The High Police Staff had its first meeting with the Kenyan delegation during the morning which combined with a working lunch with members of the Diplomatic Corps who made suggestions and inquired about the arrangements that will be taken to materialize the assistance to the National Police for a return to normal life in the country.
The Kenyan delegation, which is staying in Haiti until Wednesday, plans to meet again with the High Staff of the National Police for a day's work and Prime Minister Ariel Henry for an end-of-mission debriefing.
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