“We must solve the problem of insecurity” in Haiti, says Antony Blinken

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”“We must solve the problem of insecurity” in Haiti, says Antony Blinken

Antony Blinken, accompanied by Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly, visited the Jean-Talon market, where he was attacked by demonstrators.

Passing through Friday Montreal on the occasion of a two-day visit to Canada, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken reiterated Washington's commitment – ​​and its allies – to addressing the security issue by Haiti, where the population struggles with gangs, violence, a gasoline shortage and a cholera epidemic.

Accompanied by Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mélanie Joly, Mr. Blinken acknowledged, during an event held at the Biosphere, that the Haitian people had to overcome an enormous challenge.

We want a political transition, and possibly elections, he added.

But how to have elections if the people cannot move?, still has says the secretary of state in the Biden administration.

Hence the importance, he recalled, of settling the security issue in the pearl of the Antilles. To that end, Mr. Blinken continued, sanctions will soon be imposed on the elites who fund and equip the criminal gangs that notably block the country's main oil terminal, causing widespread fuel shortages.

The Americans, like the Canadians, also sent equipment to support the under-equipped and understaffed Haitian National Police.

Mr. Blinken is also passing through north of the Canada-US border to notably convince Ottawa to lead an international intervention force in the pearl of the Antilles.

Several countries could lead this mission, led by Canada, said Brian Nichols, the US Assistant Secretary of State in a technical briefing on Wednesday.

On Friday, Minister Joly acknowledged that discussions were underway. The United Nations contacted us to ask us to help; we have an obligation to help, she said.

Ms Joly added that conversations have taken place with the African Union, among other organizations .

We are capable, all together, of helping the Haitians to take themselves in hand, judges the minister, who evokes solutions by and for the Haitians.

We must be realistic and pragmatic in the way we approach Haiti, said Mélanie Joly, who speaks of a catastrophic situation in this Caribbean country, with cases of cholera, a lack of access to #x27;drinking water, no gasoline for generators, and hospitals that therefore cannot operate normally.

The population is angry with the government in Haiti, particularly because of its inability to improve the security situation. The report by Lise Villeneuve.

An international mission under Canadian leadership does not seem to be on the agenda, however, at least in the immediate future.

< p class="e-p">While in Winnipeg, Premier Justin Trudeau said a clear action plan was needed before any intervention could take place in Haiti.

Ottawa sent a delegation to this country on Thursday to assess the extent of the humanitarian and security crisis on the ground.

Neither the Prime Minister nor his Defense Minister, Anita Anand, who accompanied the head of government, wanted to commit to Ottawa deploying soldiers to Haiti, on an international mission.

With information from Reuters

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