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Huge!! UN Greenlights Global Initiative to Tackle Haiti’s Rampant Gang Violence – You Won’t Believe What Happens Next

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Huge!! UN Greenlights Global Initiative to Tackle Haiti’s Rampant Gang Violence – You Won’t Believe What Happens Next

The United Nations Security Council made a decision on Monday to deploy a multinational force to Haiti in order to address the escalating violence caused by gangs in the Caribbean nation. The mission will be led by Kenya and is set to last for one year, as stated in the resolution that was approved by 13 council members. However, China and Russia chose to abstain from the vote.

The resolution, which was jointly drafted by the United States and Ecuador, grants the Multinational Security Support mission the authority to take all necessary measures, including the use of force if deemed necessary. Although a specific deployment date has not been established, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken recently mentioned that a security mission to Haiti could potentially be deployed within a few months.

In August, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stressed the need for a robust use of force by a multinational police deployment and the utilization of military assets in order to restore law and order in Haiti and disarm the powerful gangs that have wreaked havoc in the country. Initially, Canada declined requests from its Western allies to lead this mission, prompting the UN to approach other countries that could take on the responsibility. Kenya stepped forward in July, offering to contribute 1,000 police personnel. Subsequently, the Bahamas committed to dispatching 150 individuals, while Jamaica and Antigua and Barbuda showed their willingness to provide assistance as well.

Last month, the Biden administration pledged that the United States would provide logistical support and contribute $100 million to support the mission led by Kenya. Canada, on the other hand, has decided to offer humanitarian aid and military resources to help train Haiti’s national police in their fight against the gangs.

The gangs in Haiti have become increasingly brazen in their activities, blocking ports and causing widespread disruption in the capital city of Port-au-Prince. As a result, civilians have been forced to flee due to escalating killings and kidnappings. According to the most recent statistics from the United Nations, from January 1st to August 15th, over 2,400 people in Haiti have been reported killed, with more than 950 kidnappings and 902 injuries.

During his address at the United Nations last month, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged an additional $80 million in humanitarian aid and security assistance to support the overwhelmed Haitian police force. He also emphasized that a long-term solution to the crisis must come from within the country and through empowering the Haitian people themselves to take responsibility for their future.

In addition to authorizing the multinational force, the 15-member Security Council also expanded the UN arms embargo to include all gangs. Previously, the embargo only applied to designated individuals. Haitian officials have stated that most of the guns used by the gangs are believed to have been imported from the United States.

However, the idea of an armed UN presence in Haiti has raised concerns among the local population. This is due to the fact that Haiti experienced a devastating cholera outbreak in 2010, attributed to UN peacekeepers who had dumped infected sewage into a river. As a result, over 9,000 people died from the disease and nearly 800,000 others fell ill. The UN mission responsible for this outbreak ended in October 2017.

Russia’s representative, Vassily Nebenzia, explained his decision to abstain from the vote by stating that although he did not have any objections in principle to the resolution, sending an armed force to a country, even at its request, is an extreme measure that requires careful consideration.

Similarly, China’s representative, Zhang Jun, expressed the hope that the countries leading the mission would engage in extensive consultations with Haitian officials regarding the deployment of the security force. He also stressed the need for a legitimate, effective, and accountable government to be in place in Haiti for any resolution to have a lasting impact. Additionally, Zhang Jun pointed out that the resolution does not provide a feasible or credible timetable for the deployment of the force.

According to the resolution, a review of the mission will be conducted after nine months.

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