Canada deploys military patrol aircraft to Haiti

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Canada deploys a military patrol aircraft in Haiti

It is a plane like this, a CP-140 Aurora, which will be assigned to Haiti, thus helping to secure the country. (File photo)

The deployment of the Royal Canadian Air Force's CP-140 Aurora long-range patrol aircraft is intended to support efforts to disrupt gang activity in Haiti, said the Minister of National Defense Anita Anand and Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly in a statement released early Sunday morning.

“Canada is providing this assistance in response to Haiti's request for assistance, as violence continues to escalate in the country. »

— Excerpt from the statement of the Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs

This Canadian patrol aircraft will provide an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability to enhance efforts to establish and maintain peace and security for the people of Haiti. The CP-140 aircraft has previously been deployed to the region and is currently operating over Haiti. It will remain in the region for a certain number of days.

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Canada has already provided more than $98 million in international assistance to meet the basic and urgent needs of the Haitian population, the Canadian government statement said. Ottawa has also imposed sanctions on people, particularly among the Haitian elite, suspected of supporting heavily armed criminal gangs who commit kidnappings, rapes and block access to essential services to the population.

Ottawa announces further sanctions of people suspected of supporting criminal gangs who commit kidnappings, rapes and block the access to essential services for the population. (File photo)

Former MP Arnel Bélizaire and Charles Saint-Rémy, a businessman associated with former President Michel Martelly, are among those sanctioned by Canada, banned from entering Canada or undertake domestic financial transactions.

Canada is committed to supporting the people of Haiti and supporting peace and security in the country. The deployment of a Canadian patrol aircraft will help strengthen the fight against criminal acts of violence and set the conditions for a peaceful and prosperous future, said Minister of National Defense Anita Anand.

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The international community has a role to play in responding to the current humanitarian and security crisis and Canada is determined to play a leadership role, added Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly .

Since last October, Canada has provided more than three armored vehicles to the National Police of Haiti. The exact number of armored vehicles supplied to this Caribbean country has not been specified.