UN Secretary-General António Guterres Laments Haiti’s Situation

In bilateral talks held recently between Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, and United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, both discussed the impact of the climate crisis on small island developing states, as well as the situation in Haiti and how to involve the international community.

Mr. Guterres noted that Haiti is in a tragic situation, with dramatic humanitarian needs, a paralyzed political system, and “you have levels of violence by gangs that are absolutely appalling.”

“We have a political problem, and we need to bring the different stakeholders together to find the political way for a legitimate government recognized by all, and we need to address the violence of the gangs,” he argued.

Mr. Guterres said he proposed to the United Nations Security Council a few months ago, within the context of support for equipment and the training of the national police force to be able to have the presence of an international robust police force to crack down on the gangs in Haiti.

“This has been a difficult exercise. It has been difficult to mobilize the will of those that would have the best capacity to lead this operation, and it has been difficult to create also the political conditions to make it easier for different countries to accept to be part of these actions,” he posited.

He also informed that a new meeting is being scheduled between CARICOM and Haiti to chart a path to consensus building to bring peace and stability to the country.

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 Edited by Jesus Chan

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