Canada sends more tanks to Haiti to support police response to gang crisis – National


The Canadian Armed Forces airlifted more armoured vehicles to Haiti as police in Port-au-Prince struggle to contain a gang crisis.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also said Wednesday Canada is working with countries in the region to plan possible responses if the situation further deteriorates.

Port-au-Prince has been held hostage for months by violent, feuding gangs who have shut down roads and essential services, leading to a resurgence of cholera.

Read more:

Rich nations must press Haiti’s elite to resolve crisis: former governor general

Read next:

Air Canada customer battles airline after AirTag tracks missing bag stuck over 8,000 km away

The armoured vehicles were purchased by the Haitian government. It is the second such shipment since October, when both Canada and the U.S. sent some armoured vehicles to Haiti.

The federal government release on the second shipment did not say which companies made the tanks, how much they cost or how many were sent. However a government official, who was granted anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the matter, said there were three tanks, including two of the same model.

Story continues below advertisement

Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly and Defence Minister Anita Anand said in a statement that the equipment will help the Haitian National Police.

Haiti’s unelected Prime Minister Ariel Henry has previously requested an international military intervention to regain control of the capital, a move controversial among Haitians.


Click to play video: 'Chaos in Haiti: What is Canada’s responsibility?'


Chaos in Haiti: What is Canada’s responsibility?


Trudeau told reporters Wednesday in Mexico City, where he was attending a Canada-U.S.-Mexico leaders’ summit, that the tanks are part of Canada’s response, which also includes humanitarian aid.

In addition, Ottawa is trying to coax Haitian leaders to form a political consensus on how the West can best support the country so it can hold a credible election.

Part of that includes sanctions on high-profile Haitians alleged to have helped gangs thrive, which Trudeau claimed “have caused real response from the country’s elites in terms of allowing for greater stability.”

Story continues below advertisement

Read more:

Canada sanctions 2 Haiti cabinet ministers accused of helping violent gangs

Read next:

Declassified treasure map to looted Nazi riches sparks huge hunt

The U.S. has said Canada would be an ideal country to lead a military intervention but Trudeau would not specify what Washington has asked Ottawa to do.

“We’re all very aware the things could get worse in Haiti, and that’s why Canada and partners, including the United States, are preparing various scenarios if it does start to get worse,” Trudeau said.

“Right now, what is effective is empowerment of the Haitian National Police to solve the situation themselves, and support for the Haitian people,” he said.


Click to play video: 'Trudeau promises $16.5 million in aid to stabilize Haiti as Francophonie summit closes'


Trudeau promises $16.5 million in aid to stabilize Haiti as Francophonie summit closes


&copy 2023 The Canadian Press





Source link

Denial of responsibility! planetcirculate is an automatic aggregator around the global media. All the content are available free on Internet. We have just arranged it in one platform for educational purpose only. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials on our website, please contact us by email – [email protected]. The content will be deleted within 24 hours.