The president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, recognized that his country has a “joint responsibility” in the assassination of the president of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse, and affirmed that he would like to visit that Caribbean nation to help “establish a democratic path.”
From the Dominican Republic, where the president was participating in the XXVIII Ibero-American Summit, Petro stated that in Haiti “there is a crisis that has its roots in a mistaken and disastrous policy around the drug issuewhich has expanded the problem, which was previously highly concentrated in Colombia”.
And it is that after the murder of Moïse, the violence in Haiti registered an increase that has been classified as “alarming”. According to a report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in the Caribbean country they operate between 150 and 200 criminal gangs who commit crimes, “with an upward trend”, such as arms and drug trafficking, homicides, sexual abuse and murder of police officers, among others.
The Colombian president referred to the “multinational organizations that are building ports, anchor points, in various parts of the territory,” with the aim of destabilizing politics and the State. “They arm themselves, without any type of democratic project“, he added.
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“I want to go because it is an issue where Colombia has a joint responsibility, first because Haiti was the one that helped us to be a free country; second, because Colombian mercenaries were the ones who went to kill the president of Haiti, unleashing a worse crisis than there was already“, expressed the leader of the Historical Pact.
Already last September, the Colombian president had asked the Antillean nation for forgiveness for the assassination. According to research, some 18 Colombian ex-militarymost of whom are imprisoned in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, would have been implicated in the act.
Today I asked Haiti for forgiveness for the assassination of its president committed by Colombian mercenaries.
— Gustavo Petro (@petrogustavo) September 21, 2022
“I want to look at this co-responsibility carefully and that is why I want to go to Haiti and talk, hopefully with its government, but also with different actors in society that allow us to establish a democratic path,” he said.
So far, 11 people have been charged in the US, including convicted drug trafficker Rodolphe Jaar, as well as three Haitian-American citizens and one Colombian.
Possible way out of the crisis
Petro believes that the way out of the Haitian crisis involves offering different alternatives to new military interventions, which have shown in the past that they have only worsened the situation.
“I think it is the Haitian people, first of all, He is the one who has to solve his own crisis, but it needs democratic help, not gun-based help,” he said.
The increase in the social and political crisis in the country seems unmanageable even for its president, Ariel Henry, who last year called for the deployment of foreign troops in his territory to combat criminal groups. This application did not have the support of Haitianswho came out to protest because they reject foreign intervention in their affairs.
Henry’s request was echoed by the UN Secretary General, who said it was “urgent” the deployment of international forces in that member country.
Canada has emerged as one of the main countries aspiring send your troops to that territory. So far he has earmarked at least an additional $12 million for “humanitarian aid” and plans to send in warships from his Navy.
In 2004 there was a military coup against President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who was forced to leave his country, by US “military”. This fact originated a climate of ungovernability and demonstrations by those who took to the streets to demand the return of the president.
The coup action was preceded by actions of violence and destabilization where people trained in the Dominican Republic presumably participated, who would have received weapons from the US Government during the George W. Bush Administration.
Subsequently, the UN approved the presence of a provisional multinational force (MIF), which later became a peacekeeping mission (MINUSTAH), led by Brazil. The troops remained in the country for years, amid serious denunciations of human rights violations, according to the text ‘International intervention. Haiti: repeated recipe, anticipated failure’.
In 2008, after the earthquake, Barack Obama announced the deployment of 16,000 US soldiers to carry out supposed “humanitarian aid” work, in the context of a million-dollar “reconstruction” of the country, which has been labeled a “scam” since it would only have generated enrichment for transnationals, businessmen and senior officials in power.
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