Diplomacy: Haitian crisis to be discussed by Bliken and Trudeau

Emmanuel Paul
Emmanuel Paul - Journalist/ Storyteller

The serious political, security and humanitarian crisis in Haiti will be on the agenda for discussions on October 27 and 28 between U.S. Secretary of State Antony Bliken and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

During a two-day visit to Canada, Antony Bliken will meet with several members of the Canadian government, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Foreign Minister Melanie Joly, according to a State Department statement. “This visit will strengthen our vital partnership with Canada to achieve shared goals, including providing continued support to Ukraine, addressing the humanitarian crisis in Haiti, deepening our cooperation in the Indo-Pacific and Arctic regions, and advancing cooperation on migration and refugee resettlement in the Americas and around the world,” reads the statement sent to CaribbeanTelevisionNetwork and ZoomHaitiNews Editor.

This meeting comes at a time when the Americans are trying to convince some UN member countries to send troops to Haiti at the request of de facto Prime Minister Ariel Henry. But for the time being, no country seems interested in responding favorably to the request of the American government, which itself has no intention of contributing militarily to this international force, according to what ZoomHaitiNews learned several weeks ago from a source close to the State Department.

Several attempts by the United Nations Security Council to pass a resolution on this issue have not been successful. Russia and China have vetoed the resolution, arguing that sending troops to Haiti will not solve the major problems facing Haiti. They had also demanded a thorough investigation into the assassination of former President Jovenel Moise, in which the name of the current Prime Minister Ariel Henry was mentioned.

In the meantime, the situation continues to deteriorate in Haiti. The majority of embassies, hospitals and other private institutions have been forced to close their doors due to insecurity and the severe shortage of fuel. G9 leader Jimmy Cherisier and his gang have blocked access to Haiti’s major oil terminal north of the capital for almost a month and a half, despite the recent delivery of some armored vehicles and other security equipment to the National Police.
Although unable to address the situation, Ariel Henry is clinging to power at the expense of the Haitian people.

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