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Joe Biden urges UN to approve multinational security mission in Haiti

"I call on the Security Council to authorise this mission now. The people of Haiti cannot wait much longer," says Biden

By Web Desk
September 19, 2023
US President Joe Biden addresses the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) at U.N. headquarters. — AFP
US President Joe Biden addresses the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) at U.N. headquarters. — AFP 

Joe Biden, president of the United States urged the United Nations to approve a global "security support mission" headed by Kenya to deal with gangs in conflict-torn Haiti during his address to the General Assembly.

"I call on the Security Council to authorise this mission now. The people of Haiti cannot wait much longer," Biden told the UN General Assembly in New York.

Haitian authorities and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres have been pleading for months for a deployment to the Caribbean country, which is sinking under compounding humanitarian, political and security crises that have overwhelmed its weak government and security forces.

Many countries have been hesitant to step in, partly out of fear of finding themselves in a bloody quagmire.

In late July, however, Kenya announced it was willing to head a multinational police intervention to train and assist the Haitian police, with Nairobi pledging 1,000 officers.

The mission would need a green light from the Security Council, even though it wouldn´t be deploying under the flag of the UN.

The Security Council began negotiations on the issue earlier this month.

More than 2,400 people have been killed in Haiti since the start of 2023 amid rampant gang violence, the UN said earlier this month.

Gangs control roughly 80 percent of the capital, and violent crimes have soared, including kidnappings for ransom, carjackings, rape and armed theft.

Biden also hailed newly formed Arab-Israel ties and denounced the coups in Africa, voicing his support for democracy.