The UN approves the deployment in Haiti of an international police mission commanded by Kenya | International

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Kenya has asked the international community for its support to launch “in a short time” the multinational force to assist the Haitian Police, approved this Monday by the United Nations Security Council, which will be led by the African country. The Kenyan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alfred Mutua, expressed on the social network at Haiti".

The leader thanked the UN for adopting the resolution that grants the mandate to intervene in Haiti to help the “brothers and sisters who are suffering.” “This mandate is not only about peace and security, but also about the reconstruction of Haiti: its policies, its economic development and social stability,” Mutua added.

Port-au-Prince sports hall where people fleeing gang violence take refuge, September 1RALPH TEDY EROL (REUTERS)

The Security Council approved this Monday the deployment for one year (extendable) of the multinational force, a resolution that comes a year after it was requested by the Haitian Government itself and immediately supported by the UN Secretary General, António Guterres. .

The abstention of Russia and China

The measure was approved with 13 votes in favor and two abstentions (Russia and China), without any opposing vote among the 15 members of the Council, something rare in recent times of great geopolitical division. However, sources from the organization told EFE that an immediate deployment cannot be expected, but that this process will take “several months.”

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It is known that the mission of about a thousand agents will be led by Kenya, which will provide most of the contingent, and several Caribbean countries - including Jamaica, Barbados and the Bahamas - have also shown themselves willing to provide an undetermined number of agents, while the Latin American countries have not offered to send troops at the moment.

Haiti is immersed in a deep crisis marked by extreme violence, with armed groups that control the capital, Port-au-Prince, and other parts of its territory and are responsible for hundreds of murders, rapes, kidnappings and other crimes. Last August, the Kenyan Government sent a delegation to the Caribbean country to evaluate the situation on the ground. The UN has reiterated that the eventual mission would not resemble a peacekeeping or interposition force, as is usually the case, but rather would be a mere police support force under the orders of the Haitian Police.

The UN has recalled that more than 3,000 people have been murdered in Haiti so far this year and there are more than 1,500 cases of kidnapping for ransom. Some 200,000 people have had to flee their homes and sexual assaults on women and girls at the hands of armed groups continue to increase. Tens of thousands of minors cannot go to school, Europa Press reports.

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