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Could Belize join latest ‘multinational’ security force in Haiti?

Posted: Thursday, September 7, 2023. 10:42 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: A line in the pre-briefing for today’s press conference at the U.S. Embassy in Belmopan for a high-level delegation in Belize has caught attention.

The statement read, “At the United States’ request, Belize is presently weighing the possibility of providing personnel in support of a potential multinational force in Haiti.”

The troubled Caribbean country faces a breakdown in security and political affairs with gangs effectively in charge and threatening foreign nationals including Americans. That instability has also caused hundreds of Haitians to flee for other countries in the region including the U.S. and Belize, the latter as a transit point to the former.

Today, Daniel Erikson, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, was willing to confirm that the United States is in discussions with its multilateral partners about the instability in Haiti. There is no concrete commitment in place as yet, he cautioned, but if these talks actually take shape, Belizean soldiers could be traveling to Haiti to offer security support: “So, the U.S. has been deeply concerned about the deepening insecurity in Haiti and the fact that the Government there and the Haitian National Police has been very challenged by gangs in Haiti. Right now, we’re in the process of holding multilateral conversations with a variety of different countries, both within the region and beyond the region, to see what can be done collectively to address the challenge in Haiti. We would welcome Belize to be a part of that conversation but there are no firm plans at this time in terms of a Belizean contribution.”

 

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