Haiti asks for “international assistance” to fight gangs

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

On Thursday in Port-au-Prince, the Council of Ministers adopted a resolution granting Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry the mandate of “request and obtain effective support from the international partners of Haiti 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 deriving from the criminal acts of gangs and their sponsors “. This decree was published on Friday in the Official Gazette of the Haitian Republic.

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 of the United States, Antony Blinken, of Canada, Mélanie Joly, and of Haiti, Jean Victor Geneus. “If we could get help today, it would be the best decision. As soon as possible, because we can’t wait any longer “.Bocchit Edmond pointed out.

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

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

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