US struggles to find ally to send troops to Haiti – media – RT World News
Washington reportedly failed to persuade any other country to conduct an international military deployment in Haiti
Washington has been unable to persuade an ally to carry out an international military intervention in violence-ridden Haiti, a US newspaper has reported, and President Joe Biden’s administration is reluctant to send troops itself, especially with elections Congressional midterms approaching in just two weeks.
Officials debate whether to drop draft UN Security Council resolution calling for multinational deployment « quick action force » in Haiti because no country has agreed to commit troops to the venture, the Miami Herald reported Wednesday, citing unidentified people familiar with the matter. France, Canada and Brazil are among the American allies who have hesitated to send military forces to Haiti.
“There has been no progress in getting partners to volunteer. Nobody intervenes » the newspaper quoted a source as saying, calling the failure of “diplomatic failure”.
The US plan was to urge other countries to send troops to Haiti and support them with equipment and training. Allies were frustrated that Washington refused to contribute some of its own forces to the effort, the Herald said, while some members of the Security Council demanded a firm plan in writing before voting on any resolution on Haiti. At least two members of the UN’s highest governing body, Russia and China, have expressed concerns about the proposed intervention.
« Meddling in political processes in Haiti, placing the country under the control of the ambitions of known regional actors, who consider the American continent as their inner court, is unacceptable », Moscow’s deputy permanent representative to the UN, Dmitry Polyansky, said last week.
Violent gangs blocked Haiti’s main fuel terminal and seaports for seven weeks, leading to fuel and food shortages amid a fast-spreading cholera outbreak. UN peacekeepers introduced cholera to the country in 2010, causing thousands of deaths.
Haiti asks foreign troops to put an end to the unrest
Earlier this month, Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry and 18 members of his cabinet called for the deployment of foreign troops to help repel gangs and restore the flow of food, fuel and water supplies. Protesters blocked roads, decrying rising fuel prices and demanding Henry’s resignation.