May 19, 2024

Kenya Poised to Lead Multinational Force in Haiti to Tackle Gang Violence Crisis

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken meets with Kenyan President William Ruto on the margins of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C., on December 15, 2022. [State Department photo by Ron Przysucha
Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken meets with Kenyan President William Ruto on the margins of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C., on December 15, 2022. [State Department photo by Ron Przysucha

In a significant development aimed at tackling the alarming rise of gang violence in Haiti, the Government of Kenya has garnered praise from the United States for considering leading a multinational force in the Caribbean nation.

Already grappling with many challenges, Haiti has been facing an unprecedented surge in gang-related violence, resulting in widespread fear and instability.

In response to a call for help from the Haitian government, Kenya has stepped up to the plate, offering to spearhead a multinational force that will tackle the root causes of the crisis and restore peace and order to the nation.

The United States expressed its enthusiastic support for Kenya’s initiative and pledged to work closely with other partners to ensure the success of the vital mission.

Crucial to the endeavor will be obtaining a United Nations Security Council Resolution authorizing the multinational force’s deployment to Haiti.

In a statement on Tuesday, Secretary Antony J. Blinken, speaking on behalf of the U.S. Department of State, underscored the unwavering commitment of the United States to stand by the people of Haiti during this challenging time.

Haiti has been embroiled in political turmoil and economic hardships for years, exacerbating the current crisis, and Blinken said that the international community recognizes the urgency of the situation and is prepared to lend its full support to Haiti’s recovery.

While applauding Kenya’s potential leadership role, the U.S. Department of State also called on Haitian stakeholders to act swiftly in expanding political consensus and restoring democratic governance in accordance with the principles outlined in the Inter-American Democratic Charter. Strengthening the foundations of democracy and governance in Haiti will be crucial in paving the way for sustainable peace and development.

In addition to Kenya’s efforts and the U.S. support, Secretary Blinken expressed gratitude to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and its Eminent Persons Group for their pivotal role in assisting Haiti during these trying times. Furthermore, the Organization of American States, through its Haiti Working Group chaired by Trinidad and Tobago, has been instrumental in coordinating efforts to stabilize the nation.

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