Canadian tanks delivered late hurt fight against gangs, says Haiti

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Late delivery of Canadian armor hurts fight against gangs, says Haïti

Port-au-Prince is under the control of gangs that control the distribution of basic necessities and medical care, which which gives rise to popular demonstrations. (File photo)

Haiti's beleaguered government accuses Canada of delaying its promised delivery of armored vehicles and argues the delay is hampering a plan to eliminate violent gangs from Port-au-Prince.

In an interview on Haitian radio, Acting Justice Minister Emmelie Prophète-Milcé said in French that the company supplying the tanks has not kept its word.

For months, violent gangs have controlled much of the Haitian capital, leading to a shortage of basic necessities and medical care, as well as an increase in sexual assaults.

As part of Canada's response, Ottawa claims to have airlifted armored vehicles that the Haitian government has purchased, which may obviate the need for international military intervention.

But Ms Prophète-Milcé says the majority of the 18 armored vehicles ordered by her country have yet to arrive, and she says the police could implement their strategy if all the armored vehicles were delivered on time.

< p class="e-p">Global Affairs Canada has been asked to respond to these allegations.

The Haitian minister's comments come as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau continues to argue. call on Europe and the United States to emulate Canada and sanction the elites in Haiti.

For me, the best way to restore stability for Haiti is first to sanction the elites to tell them that they can no longer finance gangs [nor] political instability , he said Monday during a public meeting in the Saint-Michel district of Montreal, which has a large Haitian diaspora.

Canada has imposed sanctions on 17 members of Haiti's political and economic elite for their alleged ties to gangs. Ottawa notably prohibits them from making financial transactions in Canada. Many of those targeted by the sanctions dispute these allegations and argue that Ottawa acted on shoddy information.

Last December, Mr. Trudeau had urged Europe to follow suit. Canada's Ambassador to the United Nations, Bob Rae, said in January that France could make a difference by imposing similar sanctions as well.

Mr. Trudeau said on Monday that he was not satisfied with the response of these countries so far. The United States started to impose more sanctions. We need them to do a lot more. We need the countries of Europe, France, to do more, he argued.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau indicated a few days ago that he was not satisfied with the response of European countries towards Haiti so far. (File photo)

France said it was instead sticking to a UN process to sanction bad actors in Haiti, barring them from visiting most countries and banning them from making financial transactions with Haiti. foreign entities. This slow UN process has only affected one person since last October.

In an interview in December, the French Ambassador in Haiti, Fabrice Mauriès, had criticized Canada's approach, preferring that of the UN. And if the sanctions remain Canadian, they will fail, he told Radio France Internationale.

Haiti's unelected government has called for international military intervention to eliminate the gangs, but this scenario deeply divides Haitians.

The UN has already established that foreign military personnel she oversaw on previous deployments to Haiti had sexually assaulted residents and caused an outbreak of cholera.

Secondly, Trudeau said Wednesday that x27;Ottawa had helped Haiti in many ways since the end of the Duvalier dictatorship in 1986, but more lasting change was needed.

We've delivered military missions, we've built hospitals, we've trained police, provided prison guards — we've done a massive amount of work and yet the problems persist, he said during the interview. #x27;a press conference in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Mr. Trudeau argued for a new approach where Haitians are in the driver's seat.

“Outside intervention like we have done in the past has not worked to create stability long term for Haiti.

— Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

In any case, the Chief of the Defense Staff doubts that Canada has the military capability to carry out such an intervention in Haiti. There are so many elements to take into account […] It would be difficult, admitted last week General Wayne Eyre, in an interview with Reuters.

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