CARICOM Leaders to meet with Haiti’s partners on Monday to discuss crisis- President Ali

Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) President Irfaan Ali on Friday said that the Community is working assiduously to address the ongoing crisis in Haiti, and has resolved to meet with the country’s key development partners to chart a way forward.

He reminded that these efforts are with the view of bringing stability and normalcy back to the country.

“We have taken the decision as a community to write the heads of state and heads of government of the key countries with whom Haiti is engaged as partners, inviting them to meet with our heads in CARICOM, in Kingston, Jamaica, on Monday, March 11, 2024, to urgently address the state of affairs and all other matter critical to the stabilisation of security and the provision of urgent humanitarian aid to the people of Haiti,” he said.

The president lamented that the situation in Haiti remains dire, and continues to pose serious concerns. And even as he laments the dire situation his administration remains hostile to Haitians. In 2021 the Ali administration imposed visa restriction on Haitians even though the country is an associate member of CARICOM and could benefit from free movement.

Reports indicate that gangs have taken over Haiti and Prime Minister Ariel Henry remains locked out of the country. The gangs in the country are threatening to civil war if Henry does not resign.

Henry took control of Haiti after the assassination of President Jovenel Moise on July 7, 2021. Since then, Henry has not moved forward with the process of holding elections.

Given the present situation and international clamouring for studied responses to the country’s dilemma which is also bringing pressure on CARICOM to act, Ali, who is its current Chairman said the community will work until there is a ‘satisfactory resolution’ that brings relief to those in Haiti.

Speaking from both sides of his mouth the president said that while considerable progress has been made, there is still an urgent need for a consensus on a tangible solution.

“The heads of government of the Caribbean Community remain engaged in deep discussions with the various stakeholders in Haiti, and Prime Minister Henry. We have impressed on the respective parties that time is not on their side, in agreeing to the way forward,” the CARICOM chairman underscored.

He made the commitment CARICOM “will continue to do as much as we can to the best of our ability, dedicating the time and resources in the interest of the Haitian people and Haiti, remembering that the resolution and solution for Haiti must be led by the people, and owned by the people of Haiti”