MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Haiti’s Ambassador to the United States, Bocchit Edmond, has called on the international community to speed up negotiations on a possible armed intervention in the island nation to help deal with criminal gangs that could invade it. .
“It’s important to…make sure we take out these armed gangs, because if we don’t urgently, it’s only a matter of time for them to take over the whole country,” he said. Edmond told the Guardian on Sunday.
Earlier this month, the Haitian government urged the United States to lift its arms embargo on the country. Edmond felt that the government was looking to buy equipment for the police and the armed forces.
Haiti has long experienced social, political and financial instability. The woes only worsened after the devastating 2010 earthquake and the assassination of President Jovenel Moise in 2021. Since Moise’s assassination, the country’s already understaffed law enforcement has struggled to contain crime as gangs continue to grow in strength.
The UN Security Council agreed last week to impose a targeted arms embargo as well as travel bans and asset freezes on Haitian gang leaders and those who fund them. World powers have called on all political actors in Haiti to engage in meaningful dialogue to break the current political impasse.