Haiti calls for ‘international assistance’ to fight gangs

Haiti requested a “international aid” to deal with the security crisis caused by criminal gangs, which the Haitian police cannot solve alone, Bocchit Edmond, Haiti’s ambassador to the United States, told AFP on Friday, October 7. “I can confirm that we have requested assistance from our international partners”said Bocchit Edmond on the sidelines of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Lima. “This is a security issue that our national police cannot handle alone”. The diplomat said that the aid was formally requested on Thursday and that Haiti is waiting. “let the international community and international partners decide what form it will take”.

In Port-au-Prince, the Council of Ministers adopted a resolution on Thursday giving Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry a mandate to “request and obtain effective support from Haiti’s international partners through the immediate deployment of a specialized armed force, in sufficient quantity, to stop, throughout the territory, the humanitarian crisis caused, among other things, by the insecurity resulting from the criminal actions of the gangs and their sponsors”. This decree was published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Haiti on Friday.

A human tragedy is brewing. We also have to deal with a resurgence of the cholera problem. »

Bocchit Edmond, Ambassador of Haiti to the United States

On Thursday, OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro tweeted that Haiti should request a “urgent help” to the international community “to solve the security crisis”and that he said it during a meeting with the heads of diplomacy from the United States, Antony Blinken, from Canada, Mélanie Joly, and from Haiti, Jean Victor Geneus. “If we can get the help today, that would be the best decision. As soon as possible, because we can’t wait any longer.”Bocchit Edmond stressed.

Since Haiti announced a gasoline price hike in September, the country has witnessed riots, looting and protests. For years, the Haitian police force has been overwhelmed, with around 10,000 officers across the country. “A human tragedy is brewing. We also have to deal with a resurgence of the cholera problem.”Bocchit Edmond added. The fuel crisis means that “Hospitals cannot function, children cannot go to school (…) It is a humanitarian problem”.

Antony Blinken said Thursday on Twitter that he had met with the head of Haitian diplomacy in Lima and assured him of the “unconditional support” from United States. “We remain committed to helping Haiti restore security and democratic order so that all Haitians have a better future,” the US Secretary of State tweeted.

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