CARICOM Haiti

Crisis Unfolds in Haiti: EU Evacuates Personnel, CARICOM Calls Emergency Meeting

Crisis Unfolds in Haiti: EU Evacuates Personnel, CARICOM Calls Emergency Meeting

In the midst of escalating violence and insecurity in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, the European Union took decisive action on Monday, evacuating all its personnel from the troubled nation, reports Listin Diario.

Peter Stano, spokesperson for the European Commission’s diplomatic division, confirmed the evacuation, citing the increasingly perilous situation spurred by armed gangs clashing with law enforcement.

The move comes as Port-au-Prince grapples with a surge in gang violence, prompting residents to seek refuge amidst sporadic gunfire. Reports from March 8 depicted a city on edge, with Haitian police scrambling to maintain order amid the chaos.

Stano underscored the gravity of the situation, noting attacks on crucial institutions like hospitals and prisons, exacerbating food shortages, and hampering vital infrastructure.

“We are extremely concerned about the situation in Haiti,” Stano remarked.

In response to the deteriorating conditions, the EU opted to scale back operations on the ground, relocating its delegation staff to a safer location outside the country.

 

 

 

 

While essential personnel remain operational, the EU’s presence in Haiti has been temporarily suspended.

Meanwhile, recognizing the urgency of the crisis, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) swiftly convened an emergency meeting in Jamaica.

With Haiti’s plight at the forefront, invitations were extended to key stakeholders including France, Canada, and the United Nations, as efforts to address the unfolding crisis gather momentum.

Statement by H.E. Dr Mohamed Irfaan Ali, Chairman of CARICOM (8 March 2024)

 

 

 

“As chairman of CARICOM, I wish to provide the following update regarding our efforts to collaborate with various stakeholders in Haiti to restore stability and normalcy to the people and the country. The heads of government of the Caribbean Community remain actively engaged in extensive discussions with stakeholders in Haiti. While we are making significant progress, stakeholders have not yet reached the necessary consensus. We emphasize the urgent need for consensus to move forward.

The situation on the ground in Haiti remains dire and is of serious concern to us. In response, we have decided as a community to reach out to the heads of state and government of key partner countries of Haiti, inviting them to a meeting with CARICOM heads in Kingston, Jamaica. This meeting will take place on Monday, March 11th, to urgently address the current state of affairs and other critical matters related to security stabilization and the provision of urgent humanitarian aid to the people of Haiti.

It is crucial that this engagement occurs at the highest possible level to demonstrate unity between CARICOM and the international community as we work together to provide critical support to the Haitian people during this crisis. We want the Haitian people to know that we will continue working on their behalf until a satisfactory resolution is reached, bringing stability and relief.

I also take this opportunity to express gratitude to all our heads in CARICOM, foreign ministers, international stakeholders, and partners for their tireless efforts, unconditional support, and dedication to this process. We will continue to do as much as we can, dedicating time and resources in the interests of the Haitian people and Haiti. It is essential to remember that the resolution and solution for Haiti must come from the people, led by the people, and owned by the people of Haiti. This remains our greatest priority at this time,” announced the Chairman of CARICOM.

High Level Meeting

Secretary Antony J. Blinken will travel to Kingston, Jamaica today to attend the High-Level Meeting on Haiti convened by the Conference of the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), as reported in a press statement by the U.S. Department of State.

The Secretary will discuss the proposal developed in partnership with CARICOM and Haitian stakeholders to expedite a political transition in Haiti through the creation of a broad-based, independent presidential college as well as the deployment of a Multinational Security Support Mission to address the ongoing security crisis.

The Secretary will also meet with Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness to discuss bilateral and regional issues and reaffirm our strong and enduring ties with Jamaica.

 

 

 

The Jamaican Observer confirmed that regional heads will convene in Jamaica today to address Haiti’s escalating crises, confirmed by the Office of the Prime Minister. CARICOM President Irfaan Ali will lead discussions, focusing on supporting Haiti and charting a Haitian-led path forward for governance. Prime Minister Andrew Holness emphasized the profound security concerns in Haiti and their potential regional ramifications.

 

See Also,

Rethinking Foreign Engagement in Haiti

 

 


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