US says it has done ‘everything it could’ to help Haiti so far

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US says it has done 'everything it could' to help Haiti so far

The US affirmed this Tuesday that it has made "all i could"for now, to help Haiti and remained silent on the requests of the Haitian government for an international armed force to intervene in the country to combat the armed gangs.

The White House positioned itself like this after the Haitian ambassador to the UN, Antonio Rodrigueztold the United Nations Security Council that Haiti can no longer wait for that international armed force due to the serious situation facing the country.

Asked about it at a press conference, the White House spokeswoman, Karine Jean-Pierre, did not comment specifically on the words of the Haitian ambassador, but assured that the crisis in Haiti is an issue "really important" for US President Joe Biden.

"This is something that we have been following closely and we have done everything we could do, at this time, to help the Haitian people."said Jean-Pierre.

The spokeswoman, the daughter of Haitians, assured that the president has been closely following the crisis in Haiti and recalled that it was part of the agenda of the meeting held at the beginning of the month in Mexico City by Biden and his Mexican counterpart, Andrés Manuel. Lopez Obrador.

The Haitian government officially requested last October the intervention of an international mission to help the National Police against gangs.

This operation was supported by the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, who proposed establishing a "snap action force" made up of soldiers from one or several countries and not under the UN flag.

However, for now the project has not crystallized due to the lack of finding a State willing to lead it, according to diplomatic sources.

The United States and Canada have promoted talks on this issue, but so far they have shown no intention of leading the operation, according to those same sources.

According to data compiled by the UN, gang violence in Haiti reached levels not seen in decades in 2022, with a sharp increase in homicides, to a total of 2,183, and 1,359 kidnappings, more than double the previous year. .

Wars between armed groups have raged in neighborhoods of Port-au-Prince, with snipers shooting men, women and children from rooftops and continued reports of sexual assault, a tactic being used to sow fear and destroy the social fabric, according to the ONU.

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