Haiti’s PM calls on OAS for help in crime fighting

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PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) — Haiti’s Prime Minister Ariel Henry has pleaded with the Organization of American States (OAS) to offer technical support in the fight against organised crime in the French speaking Caribbean Community (Caricom) nation.

In a letter sent to the OAS earlier this month, the prime minister said that Haiti faces problems that generate transnational crimes, such as organised crime, money laundering and illicit trafficking in firearms, ammunition and drugs.

Faced with the innumerable situations which occur, the prime minister said that he needs “an effective co-operation of the OAS”. “My Government wishes, as soon as possible, to explore with the OAS the concretisation of the aforementioned cooperation which will undoubtedly allow the re-establishment of a security climate essential for the return to normal functioning of republican institutions.”

Meanwhile — during his speech at the 51st General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS), the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Dominican Republic, Roberto Alvarez, warned that the situation in Haiti had “reached a dramatic point” because of the gangs and the level of violence and called on the OAS to provide “immediate support” to Haiti, although it recognises that the solutions must come from the Haitians themselves.

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Alvarez insisted and affirmed that “there will be no Dominican solution to the Haitian crisis,” adding that he regretted that “the daily life of citizens in Haiti — has become a nightmare.” Costa Rica also joined the appeal made by the Dominican Republic.



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