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Canada to provide more armoured vehicles to Haiti – The Province

Canada also plans to dispatch three experts to work with Haitian National Police to plan further strategy, Canada’s ambassador to the U.N. says
The Trudeau government will send more armoured vehicles to Haiti and impose new sanctions as it pledges to step up support for the troubled Caribbean nation.

Canada also plans to dispatch three experts to work with Haitian National Police to plan further strategy, Canada’s ambassador to the United Nations Bob Rae said in an interview with CBC.
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Rae returned from Haiti earlier this week to seek a diplomatic solution to ease the country’s deep political crisis.

Ariel Henry, the country’s interim prime minister, asked the international community in October for military backing to break up the gangs and help restore security.

Haitian gangs grew in power after the assassination of President Jovenel Moise in July last year. Armed gangs have since taken over most of the nation’s capital, Port-au-Prince, and significant part of the rest of country, leaving thousands of people in the streets.

The security collapse has disrupted the country’s supply lines, making it made it harder to provide food, water and medical aid. The disorder has led to the most extreme outbreak of cholera since 2010 and pushed thousands of children into extreme hunger, according to the UN.. Sexual violence and kidnapping have also significantly increased, the agency says.

The U.S. has tapped Canada to coordinate a multinational military intervention in order to restore security. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said a military intervention involving Canada would require support from the Haiti’s opposing political parties.

Opponents of military action argue that it could lead to increased gang violence and keep an unpopular transitional government in power.

“I could prove to be completely wrong, but I don’t sense any burning ambition on his part to run a country,” Rae said of Henry.

In recent weeks, Canada has imposed sanctions on several high profile officials and economic elites in Haiti in an effort to clean up corruption.

The sanctions included former president Michel Martelly, two former prime ministers and Gilbert Bigio, considered to be Haiti’s richest man.

The sanctions “are intended to put pressure on those responsible for the ongoing violence and instability in Haiti” the foreign ministry has said.

Trudeau has also promised $16.5 million in aid to Haiti in November, with $8 million for humanitarian aid to be delivered by the U.N. In January.

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