Haitian Prime Minister Arrives in Kenya for Talks on UN Mission, Joint Agreement on Police Deployment

Haitian Prime Minister Arrives in Kenya for Talks on UN Mission, Joint Agreement on Police Deployment
Haitian PM in Kenya to discuss UN mission, both nations ink deal to deploy police officers | Africanews

Haitian Prime Minister Arrives in Kenya for Talks on UN Mission

Haiti’s Prime Minister, Ariel Henry, has traveled to Kenya to discuss a controversial deployment plan amid his country’s profound security and political crisis. This visit occurred when Haiti grappled with a severe lack of elected representatives, exacerbating the ongoing challenges.

In a lecture on Friday, March 1st, Prime Minister Ariel Henry reiterated his commitment to fulfilling his 2021 pledge to organize elections despite the violence that has hindered this process. Henry emphasized the crucial role elections play in stabilizing the country and fostering democratic governance, which is essential for attracting investments and rebuilding Haiti.

Simultaneously, on the same day, Kenya’s President announced that both nations had signed an agreement on deployingenyan police officers to Haiti. This development follows Kenya’s earlier commitment in October to lead a U.N.-backed international force to support Haiti. However, Kenya’s High Court deemed the plan unconstitutional in January, citing a lack of “reciprocal agreements” between the two countries.

Prime Minister Ariel Henry’s visit to Kenya is framed as an effort to finalize the modalities for the deployment agreement. The collaboration aims to send 1,000 Kenyan police officers to Haiti, restoring order and security in a nation grappling with widespread violence.

The initiative for international assistance in Haiti comes amidst a recent wave of violence, with gunmen targeting critical locations, including the main international airport and police stations. The security challenges have further underscored the urgency for concerted efforts to address the complex issues facing Haiti and pave the way for sustainable solutions, including the establishment of a democratic governance structure and the organization of crucial elections as the diplomatic discussions unfold between Haiti and Kenya, the international community closely watches for developments that may shape the trajectory of Haiti’s recovery and political stability.

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