Haiti. Ambassador to the US: without international military intervention, gangs will soon take control of the country
The Haitian ambassador to the United States, Bocchit Edmond, called for an acceleration of talks on the deployment of an international military intervention in Haiti, warning against the threat of gangs taking over the country. “Society is powerless against gangs better armed than the police,” he pointed out.
Bocchit Edmond on the situation on Haiti spoke in an interview with the British “Guardian”. “International military intervention is necessary to prevent armed gangs from taking control of Haiti,” he said. “It’s important to act now and fix the gang problem, because if we don’t do it quickly, they could soon take control of the whole country,” Edmond warned in an interview with the Guardian.
Although the UN Security Council adopted a resolution in early October imposing sanctions on gang leaders, no agreement was reached to give the green light to the creation of a troop of soldiers eager to form states. The US expressed hope that the UN will adopt a resolution enabling the creation of a contingent, Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau However, he noted that “before any mission is established, a clear plan of action is needed”.
Canada sent a team to Haiti to gather facts on Haitian humanitarian needs and security issues.
Haitian activists warned that the mission could increase the level of violence in the country, citing allegations against soldiers dispatched in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake who were accused of multiple sexual abuse and starting a cholera epidemic that killed 10,000 people.
“I understand mistakes were made, but I’m sure we can learn a lesson from them. However, we must take into account the current situation in Haiti, where the public is powerless against gangs better armed than the police, Edmond pointed out.
At the end of September, the UN special envoy to Haiti, Helen La Lime, reported that gang activity, the political and economic crisis associated with high gas prices had led the country to a humanitarian disaster. There has been an increase in crime, including kidnappings for ransom, rape and armed robbery. Gang activity reached shocking levels after July 8, when a battle broke out between two criminal groups known as the G9 and G-Pep. As violence escalated in the country’s capital, Port-au-Prince, more than 200 people died in 10 days.
According to UN figures, some 96,000 Haitians have been forced to flee their homes due to the violence in the country.
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