Posted: Monday, October 2, 2023. 2:38 pm CST.
By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Today, the United Nations authorized a foreign security mission to Haiti, Reuters report.
The decision comes after a year of pleas by Haitian officials due to the rise in gang violence.
The U.N. Security Council also expanded a U.N. arms embargo to include all gangs.
The embargo previously only applied to designated individuals. Haitian officials have said guns used by gangs are believed to be mostly imported from the United States.
In addition, the council adopted a resolution, drafted by the U.S. and Ecuador, that authorizes the so-called Multinational Security Support mission “to take all necessary measures” – code for use of force.
Earlier this year, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the council that a “robust use of force” by a multinational police deployment and the use of military assets was needed to restore law and order in Haiti.
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