Haitian leaders must all agree before Canada would lead a potential military intervention, Trudeau says

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Sunday that the possibility of Canada’s military intervention in Haiti is unlikely unless all political parties in the struggling nation agree.

Speaking from Tunisia on the final day of a two-day Francophonie summit, Prime Minister Trudeau announced $16.5 million to help stabilize Haiti, where gangs are choking off access to fuel. and an important supply in the context of an increasingly serious cholera outbreak.

About half of the money goes to humanitarian aid and the other half goes to help eliminate corruption and prosecute gender-based violence.

But the Haitian government has demanded an international military intervention to combat the gangs that have choked off access to fuel and vital supplies amid the outbreak.

The United States wants Canada to lead any military intervention.

Prime Minister Trudeau said Sunday that Canada is working with CARICOM, the organization of Caribbean governments, along with “different parties in Haiti from all different political parties” to reach a consensus. about how the international community can help.

“It’s not enough for the Haitian government to ask for it,” he said. “There needs to be a consensus among political parties in Haiti before we can move on to more important steps.”

Police officers secure an area to facilitate the passage of fuel lorries, in Port-au-Prince on Nov. (Odelyn Joseph/Press Association)

He did not rule out eventually establishing a Canadian military mission in Haiti.

“Canada is very willing to play an important role, but we must have the Haitian consensus,” Trudeau said in French.

New sanctions against famous former officials

A Canadian Global Affairs Review Team that was sent to Haiti to establish some understanding of what was happening and what could help returned and provided a report at the meetings. which Prime Minister Trudeau said he attended.

He said the response was complicated because many “political elites” and “oligarchs” in Haiti have used the country’s humanitarian crises “to enrich themselves on the backs of the Haitian people.” .”

“So that’s why our approach now is not doing what a political party or government wants,” Trudeau said. “That is calling for a level of consensus and cohesion from all the parties involved in Haiti to call for solutions that we can really support and lead as an international community. “

On Saturday, Canada extended economic sanctions, freezing Canadian assets of Haitian political elites, which now include former president Michel Martelly and former prime ministers Laurent Lamothe and Jean-Henry Ceant.

Foreign Minister Melanie Joly accused the trio of helping gangs undermine Haiti’s current government and urged international partners to follow Canada’s example.

“Our goal is to make sure that those who are profiting from violence, who are part of a corrupt system, face accountability,” she said.

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s visit to Canada is largely focused on Haiti, with the United States calling on Canada to act as the situation in the Caribbean nation continues to deteriorate.

Haitian Foreign Minister Jean Victor Geneus said the new sanctions had real consequences for those who caused a “nightmare” in his country.

“These sanctions will have a dissuasive effect,” he said in French, sitting between Trudeau and Joly.

Geneus said gangs are raping women and girls, preventing children from going to school and preventing sick people from going through barriers as they seek treatment. That means refugees are leaving for neighboring islands.

“If the necessary conditions for safety are not re-established quickly and urgently, a humanitarian disaster could occur in Haiti,” he said in French.


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