PM Browne not in favour of any military presence in Haiti

The Prime Minister of the Caribbean island of Antigua and Barbuda, and also the Chairman of the Caribbean Community CARICOM - Gaston Browne has stated that he is not in favour of any military presence in Haiti, as the island continues to investigate into the assassination of its President Jovenel Moise.

Antigua and Barbuda: The Prime Minister of the Caribbean island of Antigua and Barbuda, and also the Chairman of the Caribbean Community CARICOM – Gaston Browne has stated that he is not in favour of any military presence in Haiti, as the island continues to investigate into the assassination of its President Jovenel Moise.

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations and Head of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti -BINUH – Helen La Lime, has cited that “Haiti has asked for international support to investigate the assassination of their President and has also requested for troops assistance. Haiti must define exactly what it is looking for.”

The United Nations Security Council would have to support any plan to send international troops to the Caribbean island under UN assistance.

The CARICOM Chairman has also warned the international agencies and nations that they should not try to interfere in the politics of the Caribbean island.

Following the statement, he further added, “I think that any interference would have to be at the request of the Haitian people. I think what is necessary here is for CARICOM to take the lead with the international community’s assistance to help the Haitian people come up with an indigenous solution.”

La Lime also noted that the Haitian officials are operating to have the first round of elections on September 26, 2021, with a second-round organized for November.

CARICOM Chairman added that “We all have to be very careful regarding what we do not appear as though we are interfering in the internal politics of Haiti. The Caribbean island has had its issues, and there are lots of suspicions involving various organizations and governments.”

The CARICOM would have to adjust its efforts with the other international stakeholders in dealing with Haiti, providing some leadership in supporting the people of Haiti to come together and put an interim government in place, the CARICOM Chairman further added.