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MMSS: Suriname plans to send military and police officers to Haiti

  • May 6, 2024
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As part of efforts to secure the transition process in Haiti, the government of Suriname plans to send military and police officers to the country, as part of the Multinational Security Support Mission.

While the wait persists for a robust intervention by a multinational force in Haiti, violence perpetrated by armed gangs continues to paralyze large sectors of the country, particularly in the metropolitan area of ​​Port-au-Prince. Since the closure of the main airport two months ago, schools, businesses and other services have been operating slowly in the Haitian capital and its surrounding areas. Meanwhile, the Presidential Transitional Council, installed in place of de facto Prime Minister Ariel Henry, is struggling to respond to current challenges.

Like Kenya, the United States, Canada and other Caribbean and African nations, Suriname expresses its willingness to support the restoration of order in Haiti. During an announcement made this Sunday, May 5, 2024, President Chan Santokhi declared that his government was ready to deploy soldiers and police on Haitian soil to support the security forces during the transition period.

“We will support our sister nation in the Caribbean Community (Caricom). We will provide support, as well as a Kenyan-led police delegation, among other things,” Santokhi told local journalists.

According to him, Suriname will officially support the security resolution adopted by the United Nations Council by sending a contingent of international police officers. “We will not just send our people,” he warned. ”

Faced with the worsening security crisis in Port-au-Prince, Chan Santokhi compared the situation in Haiti to that in Ukraine, highlighting the daily number of deaths. Therefore, he called on regional leaders to demonstrate increased solidarity with Haiti.

“International peace and solidarity must inspire you, as a country, to contribute in every way possible. One day you will need Haiti or another friendly country,” he insisted.

As violence continues to rage in Port-au-Prince, affecting police infrastructure, educational establishments, health centers, and others, a large part of the population places its hopes in the intervention of the multinational force. The deployment of this, according to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Bahamas, Fred Mitchell, will begin on May 26 with the planned arrival of a contingent of 200 Kenyan police officers.

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Ravensley Boisrond