TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned that immediate action is needed to resolve the security crisis in Haiti and that additional aid is one of the central issues in a virtual meeting he held Friday with officials from Canada, the United States. United States, France and other countries.
Trudeau spoke at the beginning of the meeting organized by Canada, where some 165,000 people of Haitian origin reside. There is a serious constitutional crisis in Haiti after the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse on July 7, as well as a climate of violence in neighborhoods controlled by criminal organizations.
Trudeau said that Haiti must be rebuilt. “The increase in violence is only worsening the already precarious humanitarian situation. We must work together to restore stability and protect the safety and well-being of the Haitian people,” Trudeau said.
“This will require immediate action to mitigate the violence and support the Haitian National Police,” he added. One of the Canadian ministers announced an additional aid of 50 million Canadian dollars (39 million dollars).
Trudeau said deep governance problems are fueling the crisis in a country where delayed elections have left many posts unfilled. Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly said clashes between gangs have made it difficult to deliver aid.
Moïse’s assassination complicated an already fragile political situation in Haiti.
Moïse had been ruling by decree for more than a year after dissolving the majority of Parliament in January 2020 amid delayed legislative elections.
The opponents, for their part, considered that Moïse’s mandate should have ended in February 2021, while he insisted that it should continue until February 7 of this year, the fifth anniversary of his inauguration, which was delayed. for the controversy over his election.
Shortly before his death, Moïse had appointed current caretaker Prime Minister Ariel Henry to the post and many observers believe Henry’s term should also end on February 7, although he is not expected to leave on that date.