Dominican Republic Foreign Minister to Attend UN Security Council Meeting on Haiti Crisis

Dominican Republic's Foreign Minister to address UN Security Council on Haiti crisis, urging compliance with resolutions and deployment of multinational force to address escalating violence and humanitarian disaster.

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Dominican Republic Foreign Minister to Attend UN Security Council Meeting on Haiti Crisis

Dominican Republic Foreign Minister to Attend UN Security Council Meeting on Haiti Crisis

The Dominican Republic's Foreign Minister Roberto Álvarez is set to attend a United Nations Security Council meeting on the Haiti crisis, where he will urge compliance with resolutions on sanctions, arms embargo, and the deployment of a Multinational Security Support Force.

The meeting, scheduled for April 22, 2024, comes amid the ongoing political and security turmoil in Haiti, with the Dominican Republic playing a key role in regional efforts to address the crisis.

Haiti has been facing a severe crisis as gang violence spirals out of control, leading to the resignation of Prime Minister Ariel Henry. The gangs have taken advantage of Henry's absence to seize control of the capital, Port-au-Prince, attacking prisons and infrastructure. According to a UN report, between January 1 and March 31, 2024, 1,660 people were killed and 845 were injured by gang violence, representing a more than 50% increase over the previous quarter.

The UN estimates that 80% of Port-au-Prince and the surrounding region is now under gang control, and 5.5 million people, nearly half of Haiti's population, need humanitarian aid. The escalating violence has severely disrupted the delivery of essential supplies, and aid groups face the constant threat of violence. "The crisis intensified in late February when gangs launched a coordinated campaign to push out Haiti's unelected prime minister, Ariel Henry," the UN report stated.

Álvarez's participation in the Security Council meeting highlights the Dominican Republic's commitment to finding a peaceful resolution to the crisis and supporting international efforts to stabilize the country. He is expected to press for the implementation of the Security Council's previous decisions, which aim to support stability and address the humanitarian needs in Haiti.

Why this matters: The escalating violence in Haiti has led to a humanitarian crisis, with millions in need of aid and the country on the brink of collapse. The international community's response, including the Dominican Republic's efforts, will be crucial in addressing the crisis and preventing further destabilization in the region.

The UN mission in Haiti (BINUH) has called for the speeding up of the deployment of an international security mission to be led by Kenya to address the dire situation. The international community has expressed deep concern over the situation and called for increased financial support for the UN-authorized multinational security mission to restore stability in Haiti. Despite the ongoing security and humanitarian crisis, the United States has recently deported over 70 Haitian asylum seekers, a move criticized by immigration rights advocates.

Key Takeaways

  • Dominican FM to address UN Security Council on Haiti crisis, urge compliance with resolutions.
  • Haiti faces severe crisis as gang violence spirals, leading to PM's resignation and capital's takeover.
  • UN reports 1,660 killed, 845 injured by gang violence in Q1 2024, with 80% of Port-au-Prince under gang control.
  • Dominican Republic committed to finding peaceful resolution, supporting international efforts to stabilize Haiti.
  • UN calls for speeding up deployment of international security mission led by Kenya to address crisis.