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Political crisis: Canada calls for an agreement that will unite all Haitians


In an interview in Port-au-Prince, diplomat Sébastien Carrière expressed concern about the deterioration of the security situation in Haiti, which will be the focus of a virtual meeting on Friday bringing together ministers from Canada, the United States and of France, among other countries.

The meeting will be chaired by Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada.

Canada is absolutely concerned about the security situation in Haiti,” Mr. Carrière told The Associated Press.

But the diplomat added that the Haitian crisis is multiple and complex, with more economic and humanitarian aspects. Citing UN figures, he said that 4.6 million Haitians live in a state of humanitarian emergency.

Canada considers that elections are inevitable in Haiti, given the institutional collapse. However, their date remains uncertain.

Canada believes security must be restored before elections are held […] In the current context, it would be very difficult to organize elections, especially with competing political agreements, said Sébastien Carrière.

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The assassination of Jovenel Moïse has complicated an already fragile political situation in Haiti. He had controversially claimed that his term would end on February 7, 2022.

Shortly before his death, Jovenel Moïse had appealed to the current interim Prime Minister Ariel Henry for the post. Many observers therefore believe that the latter’s term should also end on February 7.

To make matters worse, Haiti’s legislative and judicial branches are also facing crises of legitimacy, as is the executive branch.

The man speaks into a microphone.

Haiti’s Prime Minister Ariel Henry

Photo: (Matias Delacroix/The Associated Press)

Rival agreements

Many components of Haitian civil society are calling for a OK which would allow a consensual direction of the country while waiting to renew its institutions through elections.

Ariel Henry himself claims to be spearheading such a deal, called September 11 agreement. Competing agreements have also been drawn up in recent months. The main rival to Mr Henry’s deal is known as themontana accord.

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If a confrontation between the Henry government and part of civil society were to arise, Mr. Carrière declared that Canada would not take sides. If we have a preference, it’s that everyone ends up in one and the same agreement, did he declare.

Canada would like such an agreement to be concluded preferably before February 7th. The fragile legitimacy of Ariel Henry risks being even more challenged after this date.

The Canadian diplomat remains hopeful and focuses on Friday’s conference, which he sees as a beacon of hope for Haiti.

For him, safety remains the first issue. I see a population taken hostage by insecurity, he added.

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