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UN Takes Action Amid Haiti Police Force Deployment Concerns

UN Takes Action Amid Haiti Police Force Deployment Concerns

The United Nations (UN) has responded to apprehensions regarding the multinational police force mission in Haiti following the High Court’s prohibition of the deployment of the National Police Service (NPS) to the Caribbean nation, which has been plagued by gang violence.

Speaking to the press about the UN’s position on the issue, Stéphane Dujarric, the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, expressed the UN’s endorsement of any international coalition established to tackle the humanitarian crisis in Haiti.

Dujarric explained that there was an immediate need to send a team to Haiti in response to the humanitarian emergency.

Nevertheless, he admitted that discussions with Haiti regarding the potential deployment of the police were ongoing. Kenya has not provided a definite course of action on the issue while appealing against the High Court decision.

“We understand there are discussions between Haiti and Kenya. All these discussions are not going on through the UN, because it’s not a UN peacekeeping force.  

“There is a trust fund that was set up as part of the resolution. We hope to support whatever multinational force comes into being, and we hope that donors give generously so the force can be deployed as quickly as possible,” he stated.

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On January 26, High Court Judge Chacha Mwita ruled that sending police to Haiti violated the constitution.

The judge observed that the National Security Council (NSC) lacked the authority to dispatch police forces beyond the borders of Kenya.

Yet, in the face of the government’s dissatisfaction with the court decision, high-ranking government authorities have been reaching out to development partners for support regarding the deployment of police forces.

Last Thursday, Musalia Mudavadi, the Prime Cabinet Secretary, held a meeting with Kamina Smith, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica, to discuss collaboration in their shared mission.

“Discussions centered on issues of mutual interests on bilateral and multilateral levels, with a focus on the Multinational Security Support Mission for Haiti.

“They welcomed the appeal by the United Nations Secretary-General for immediate deployment and underscored the urgency as a matter of necessity to help prevent the situation in Haiti from escalating into civil war,” read a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

UN Takes Action Amid Haiti Police Force Deployment Concerns

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