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Haiti Mission still on hold due to funding and logistics issues

Posted: Friday, June 21, 2024. 6:16 am CST.

By Horace Palacio: Foreign Affairs Minister Francis Fonseca confirmed on Thursday that the deployment of Belizean troops to Haiti as part of a Kenyan-led multinational security mission remains on hold. This comes nearly two months after the 51 Belize Defence Force (BDF) soldiers and Coast Guardsmen returned from training in Jamaica.

Fonseca stated that while Belize remains committed to participating in the mission, critical issues regarding funding and logistics need to be resolved. He emphasized the importance of securing adequate funding for the mission, noting that while some countries like the United States, Canada, and France have pledged contributions, all necessary funds have not yet been sourced.

The minister also stressed the need for a clear exit strategy and a well-defined role for Belizean troops in Haiti. He expressed hope that over the coming months, increased stability in Haiti, including the recent appointment of an interim prime minister, will pave the way for the mission to proceed and eventually lead to free and fair democratic elections in the country.

CARICOM, the Caribbean Community, has been actively involved in addressing the situation in Haiti and advocating for international support for the multinational security mission.

 

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