The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on countries, particularly those in Haiti’s region, to join Kenya in leading an international force to help combat gang violence in Haiti. Kenya has expressed its readiness to deploy 1,000 police officers to assist and train Haiti’s police in an effort to restore normalcy and protect strategic installations.
According to Kenya’s Foreign Minister Alfred Mutua, the country is committed to helping Haiti overcome its current challenges and restore peace and stability. The UN has welcomed this initiative and is encouraging other countries to join the effort.
Haiti has been facing a surge in gang violence, with armed groups controlling large parts of the capital, Port-au-Prince. The situation has been further exacerbated by the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse in July 2021 and the subsequent political instability.
The deployment of an international force, led by Kenya, could help strengthen Haiti’s police force and restore order in the country. The UN is calling on countries in the region to support this initiative and contribute to the effort.
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