Mélanie Joly proposes a plan for Haiti at the OAS meeting

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Mélanie Joly proposes plan for Haiti at OAS meeting

Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mélanie Joly (archives)

Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly is trying to broker a plan to get Haiti back on its feet after severe gasoline shortages sparked violence in the country.

Ms. Joly is in Peru this week for the annual general meeting of the Organization of American States, which includes most of the countries of the Americas.

We have to be in crisis management mode, she said in an interview from Lima on Wednesday. There is no security in Haiti right now: gangs have taken over all levels of society.

Ms. Joly spoke at the #x27;opening of the 52nd regular session of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States, which includes most of the countries of the Americas.

The minister calls a meeting with Haiti and neighboring countries to advance a plan to address fuel shortages that have led to protests, looting and a collapse in health care.

According to Ms. Joly, this initiative would include sanctions for gang members who block access to fuel, as well as a governance plan to eliminate corruption.

We must support a Haitian-led solution, and we must push the (political) parties, because the status quo is not an option, she said.

Ms. Joly says Canada will also try to tackle online misinformation that blames soaring inflation on the United States rather than Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

There have been food shortages in parts of South America and fuel has become unaffordable in some small Caribbean states, Ms Joly pointed out. Inequality is linked to the deepening crises many people face across the hemisphere, she said, adding that Canada is also pushing to reform global financial institutions.

< p class="e-p">Many countries are facing very serious budgetary problems and we cannot let them down, otherwise we are letting millions of people down.

For years, members of the Organization of American States have debated whether to include countries with undemocratic rule. Cuba's membership is on hold, while Nicaragua pulled out this year, after harsh condemnations of its human rights record.

Venezuela is technically still a member of the OAS, although countries like Canada have tried to have a delegate from the democratic opposition represented around the table, instead of a delegate sent by the brutal dictatorship of Nicolas Maduro.

This is not the kind of environment in which Canada hoped to evolve, said Maxwell Cameron, professor of political science at the University of British Columbia and specialist in Latin America. These are difficult times for a country like Canada, which wants to be as much of a neutral broker as possible that embraces multilateralism and democracy, which is not seen as fully aligned with the United States.

Canada has already helped lead a campaign to delegitimize the Venezuelan dictatorship and recognize dissident leader Juan Guaidó as that country's head of government.

But according to Professor Cameron, before little success has been achieved, the leaders of OAS member countries must now decide how well they can work with this regime. You have to be pragmatic, he says. It is time to relaunch this policy; it's time to look beyond Guaidó and start a new strategy.

Mr. Cameron adds that a shift to authoritarianism in Guatemala and El Salvador also raises other questions.

Ms. Joly recalls that Canada maintains relations with Cuba while strongly denouncing authoritarian states. We condemn the human rights abuses of the Maduro regime, and we demand and urge the parties to return to the negotiating table, she said.

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