Solutions will have to come from Haitians themselves, says Ambassador Bob Rae

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The solutions will have to come from the Haitians themselves, says Ambassador Bob Rae

Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations Bob Rae

Canada is ready to help Haiti, struggling with street gangs, various shortages (fuel, water and other basic necessities) and, more recently, with the return of cholera. But that won't be possible until the country comes together and agrees, according to Canadian Ambassador to the UN Bob Rae, for whom “the solutions are in the hands of the leaders Haitians”.

I'm sure Canada is ready to do what is necessary, but exactly what is necessary will depend a lot on the negotiations that take place now and that will continue, said Mr. Rae, in an interview with World Time, Tuesday.

There is no question of joining without certain conditions being met first.

The essential thing is the unity of the Haitian people. There are a lot of disagreements. There is a situation with gangs and with illegal activity that causes us a lot of problems, that causes a lot of pain for the population, Mr. Rae recalled.

All the details are under discussion but, frankly, we are still waiting for a strong agreement from Haitian civil society, added the one who was Premier of Ontario from 1990 to 1995.

“We work very closely with the government of Haiti and with civil society and, of course, with the UN and with our colleagues in the other countries.

— Bob Rae, Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations

These are very delicate discussions-negotiations, because above all the international community does not want to be accused of external interventionism.

Betting above all on favorable conditions for Canadian and international aid, the Ambassador spoke about ending gang-related violence, the role of national police and sanctions against groups that fund gun violence.

We know these interests, Mr. Rae said. It will be discussed at the next meeting of the UN Security Council, scheduled for next week.

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Haiti, through the voice of its interim president, Ariel Henri, and more recently through that of the Haitian ambassador to the United States, Bocchit Edmond, has appealed for international assistance to in the face of the insecurity generated by the gangs, which the Haitian police cannot solve alone.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has agreed to send a rapid action force.

We are ready to discuss, that's all I can say at this time, the Canadian ambassador only said when asked about a date or timeline for relief measures.

Recall that at the beginning of the year, Ottawa announced $50.4 million in aid to Haiti for the realization of various projects and initiatives. Of that, $15.35 million was to go to the police department for training, adding officers, and hiring female officers.

The failure of Haiti is also largely the failure of the international community, which has not been able to find the right strategies or the right rhythm to involve the people in its reform projects, explained Charmers Larose, lecturer in the Department of Political Science and co-director of the Observatory of the Americas at UQAM, invited to comment on the Haitian situation at the program 24.60.

Haiti is experiencing a double crisis attributable to the deterioration of its political situation on the one hand and to the deterioration of its humanitarian situation, economic and social on the other hand, he continued. And the roots of the crisis go back to the early 1990s, with things having deteriorated over the past three decades.

This one also said he didn't believe in chances of success of a possible international command, no more than the legitimacy of President Henri to call on the international community for help.

Questioned where to start to resolve the crisis, Mr. Larose spoke of the need to restore the climate of security in the country, to support the security forces currently in place and to restore the security system. #x27;army which could then intervene in emergency situations.

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