Crisis in Haiti: the Government urgently requested the dispatch of an international force to combat the armed gangs

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You asked for it last October and it still hasn't come true. “There is no more time to lose, the security situation could worsen any day”

Crisis in Haiti: the Government urgently requested the dispatch of an international force to combat the armed gangs

A protester carries a piece of wood that simulates a weapon (AP Photo/Odelyn Josph)

Haiti warned this Tuesday that it could no longer wait for an international armed force to be sent to the country to combat the armed gangs, an operation that it requested last October and that continues without coming true.

“There is no more time to lose, the security situation could worsen any day”, he assured before the UN Security Council the Haitian ambassador during a meeting about the crisis in his country.

The diplomat insisted that it is “more necessary and urgent than ever” to have a short-term solution to restore security in Haiti and once again called for the immediate dispatch of that international mission to help the National Police against the gangs.

This operation was officially requested last October by the Haitian government and supported by the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres,who proposed establishing a “rapid action force” made up of soldiers from one or more countries and not under the UN flag.

However, the project has not crystallized to < b>lack of finding a state willing to lead it, according to diplomatic sources.

The United States and Canada have promoted talks on this issue, but so far they have shown no intention of leading the operation, according to those same sources.

Crisis in Haiti: the Government urgently requested the dispatch of an international force to combat the armed gangs

Bullet wounds in a police vehicle in Port-au-Prince (AP Photo/Megan Janetsky)

In Tuesday's session, both countries stressed the need to support Haiti and showed their willingness to help, but did not say anything concrete about their possible role in that mission.

On behalf of the UN, the organization's representative for the country, Helen La Lime, made it clear that without this international armed deployment, the small advances that have been seen recently in Haiti will not do much good.

La Lime was referring mainly to the agreement reached in December between political forces to carry out atransition process and general elections, a compromise welcomed by members of the Security Council.

The Haitian ambassador, in any case, stressed that without restoring security in the country will not be able to have acceptable elections nor will institutional normality be recovered.

According to data compiled by the UN, violence by gangs reached unprecedented levels in 2022 in decades, with a sharp increase in homicides, to a total of 2,183, and 1,359 kidnappings, more than double the year before.

Wars between armed groups have targeted neighborhoods in Port-au-Prince, with snipers shooting men, women and children from rooftops and with continuousdenunciations of sexual assaultss, a tactic that is being used to sow fear and destroy the social fabric, according to the UN.

(With information from EFE)

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