The US warns that the international community will not assume security in Haiti

The United States warned on Tuesday that the international community will not go "to the rescue" of Haiti to solve the serious security crisis that the Caribbean country is experiencing, caused by the rise of armed gangs.

This was stated by the Undersecretary of State for the Fight against Drug Trafficking, Todd D. Robinson, during a visit to Port-au-Prince, in which he announced a donation of 60 vehicles and 200 protective equipment to the Haitian National Police.

"Ultimately, the international community will not come to Haiti’s rescue. It will be the Haitians, it will be the Haitian authorities, it will be the Haitian Police who will be responsible for security in the country."Robinson said in a press appearance at his country’s embassy.

However, Robinson, who heads the third high-level delegation sent by Washington to Haiti since the end of September, assured that security in Haiti is a "priority" for the United States.

NO TROOPS

In response to questions from the press, Robinson stated that he has no "Any information" about sending US troops to Haiti or the neighboring Dominican Republic.

He also qualified the statements made two weeks ago by White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki about the possibility of the US supporting the Haitian Police in their attempt to open safe corridors to allow the distribution of fuel, which has been interrupted. because of the blockades imposed by armed gangs.

Robinson clarified that the United States’ commitment is to work with the Haitian authorities "usually", tacitly ruling out the deployment of security forces on the ground.

POLICE VEHICLES

The most concrete announcement was the donation of 60 vehicles to the National Police to confront the armed gangs, which have multiplied their attacks since the beginning of September, taking advantage of the political instability aggravated after the assassination of President Jovenel Moise, committed on July 7. .

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Of those vehicles, 19 were delivered "Recently" to the Haitian Police and the rest will arrive "in the next few months", in the words of Robinson.

What’s more, "in the coming days" 200 protective equipment will be delivered to agents who are on the front lines of the fight against gangs.

Gangs are responsible for kidnappings, murders, robberies and rapes that frighten the population and since mid-September they have caused a fuel shortage crisis, attacking tanker trucks and imposing roadblocks.

AMERICANS KIDNAPPED

Washington did send an FBI team to Port-au-Prince to deal with the case of the kidnapping of a group of missionaries and their families, 16 of American nationality and one Canadian.

Robinson said he has no new information about the kidnapping of the missionaries, who were abducted on October 16 as they returned home after visiting an orphanage on the outskirts of the Haitian capital.

However, he ensured that the United States works closely with local authorities to bring its citizens home as soon as possible.

This is the third high-level delegation from the United States to visit Haiti since the end of September.

The Undersecretary of State for Civil Security, Democracy and Human Rights, Uzra Zeya, traveled to Haiti on October 12 to discuss the issue of insecurity.

Two weeks earlier, President Joe Biden’s adviser for Latin America, Juan Gonz├ílez, led another delegation to Port-au-Prince, aimed at addressing the migration crisis that also has Haiti at its center.

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