Haiti calls for 'international assistance' to fight gangs

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Haïti requests “international assistance” to fight gangs

Haitians continue to demonstrate against high fuel prices.

Haiti has requested “international assistance” to deal with the security crisis caused by criminal gangs, which the Haitian police cannot solve alone, Bocchit Edmond, Haiti's ambassador to the United States, told AFP on Friday. United States.

I can confirm that we have asked for help from our international partners, Edmond said on the sidelines of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Lima. This is a security issue that our National Police cannot handle alone.

The diplomat said the help was formally requested on Thursday and that Haiti is waiting for the international community and international partners to decide what form it will take.

In Port-au-Prince, the Council of Ministers had adopted a resolution on Thursday granting a mandate to Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry to solicit Haiti's international partners [and obtain from them] effective [support] 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 resulting from the criminal actions of armed gangs and their sponsors.

This order was published in the Official Journal of the Haitian Republic on Friday.

On Thursday, OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro said in a tweet that Haiti must urgently request assistance from the international community to resolve the security crisis, and that he is doing so. said 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 can get the help today, that would be the best decision. As soon as possible, because we can't wait any longer, said Mr. Edmond.

Since Haiti announced a gas price hike in September, the country has seen riots, looting and protests.

Haitian's police force has been overwhelmed for years, with approximately 10,000 officers nationwide.

A human tragedy is brewing. We also face a resurgence of the cholera problem, Edmond added. The fuel crisis means that hospitals cannot function, children cannot go to school […] This is a humanitarian problem.

M. Blinken said Thursday on Twitter that he had met with the head of Haitian diplomacy in Lima and had assured him of the unwavering support of 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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