An OAS report calls for humanitarian and electoral aid for Haiti

The Organization of American States (OAS) pointed this Thursday to the need to offer humanitarian and electoral assistance to Haiti, after receiving the report of the Working Group for the country, created last February in order to support a possible electoral process in the region.

The OAS Permanent Council appreciated the results of the work of this group, made up of fourteen member states, which held a dialogue with the Haitian Executive and presented "a detailed overview for security and humanitarian assistance" at Haiti.

The report maintains that "should be encouraged" OAS member states and permanent observers to "integrate, innovate, complement and coordinate their efforts with other actors" to lend the "timely assistance and support" to the people of Haiti.

The Ambassador of Trinidad and Tobago to the OAS and leader of the Working Group for Haiti, Anthony Phillips-Spencer, stressed that the main purpose of the report is "provide information to states on areas that need assistance" and "immediate support" such as security and democracy.

Phillips-Spencer stressed the need to send humanitarian and electoral assistance to be able to carry out elections "free and fair".

The report points out that a large part of the humanitarian aid sent so far by the international community is destined to alleviate insecurity, which is why the resources do not reach many other areas.

Haiti is going through a severe crisis in practically all orders. Heavily armed gangs control a large part of the territory of the Haitian capital, committing all kinds of crimes, to which is added the reappearance of cholera.

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The crisis has caused an increase in Haitian migration, including through dangerous sea lanes to neighboring countries in the Caribbean and to the United States.

The Haitian Prime Minister, Ariel Henry, himself asked last October for international military aid to combat the gangs.

The United States and Canada imposed sanctions on Haitian political leaders in recent months, whom they point to for participating in drug trafficking, money laundering and even financing and having influence in armed gangs.

According to the OAS, entities such as the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) have already agreed to collaborate with the Working Group in the coming months.

The United States ambassador to the OAS, Frank Mora, said that "the need for this help is urgent" and offered his "firm" commitment to continue in the dialogue on aid to Haiti.

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