UN Hopes Haiti Force Will Start In Early 2024
Sumaira FH Published December 09, 2023 | 01:10 AM
The force will include around 1,000 Kenyan police, whose involvement has been criticised at home. The government is currently barred from deploying any police to Haiti due to an ongoing court challenge.
Judge Enock Mwita last month said the orders blocking the deployment would stay in force until he issues a ruling on January 26.
Richardson said the Kenyan authorities had nonetheless gone ahead with preparations for the mission.
A Kenyan delegation has already gone to Haiti to prepare for the deployment, Richardson said.
- Gang control -
Rampant gang violence is just one of the challenges facing the poorest state in the Americas, whose political, economic and public health systems are in tatters.
Haiti has descended into "absolute, brutal violence", Richardson said.
"Many Haitians often think that we've now reached the peak of violence, and then we see just the next week: even more brutal."
The UN's 2023 humanitarian response has received only 33 percent of the required funding.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the UN Security Council on Thursday that Haiti "is caught in a vicious cycle of state collapse, escalating gang violence, and a growing illicit trade of firearms smuggled into the country.
"The illicit trade incentivises gangs to gain control of ports, highways, and other critical infrastructure," he said.
His spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Guterres was concerned by the limited progress in talks towards a lasting and inclusive political solution to restore the country's democratic institutions.
Guterres urged leaders in Haiti "to come together and reach a broad consensus as a matter of priority", the spokesman said.
Richardson said it would take 12 to 18 months to organise elections once the security situation stabilises.
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