The United States and Mexico officials are reportedly preparing a United Nations resolution that would send security reinforcements to Haiti as the country’s economic and political crisis deepens.
Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, announced during an emergency meeting with the U.N. Security Council that a proposed “non-U.N.” mission would be limited and led by a “partner country,” which was not disclosed at the time of the meeting. Military force was also an option on the table, reported the Associated Press.
Russia and China have signaled concerns about sending a foreign militaries to Haiti amid its humanitarian crisis.
Thomas-Greenfield said the proposed resolution is a “direct response” to a request made Oct. 7 by Prime Minister Ariel Henry and the Haitian Council of Ministers asking for help from world powers to help stabilize the country, reported the Associated Press.
Haiti’s economy has been hampered by rising inflation, causing food and fuel prices to soar.
Thousands of Haitians took to the streets on Monday demanding Henry resign. They also protested against the U.S. and Canada potentially sending military resources to the nation, with many accusing the U.S. of sending arms to Haitian gangs, which has fueled the instability.
Protests in Haiti have been rampant parallel to growing political instability after its embattled president Jovenel Moïse was assassinated. Before his death, Moise had faced mounting calls for his resignation amid corruption allegations.
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