Tuesday, 18 October 2022 13:22

US, Mexico seeking UN support for Haiti security mission to confront gangs

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The United States and Mexico said on Monday they will be seeking support from the United Nations for a security mission to restore order in Haiti amid a worsening humanitarian crisis, but did not identify who would lead the mission.

Haiti is facing dire shortages of basic goods and paralysis of economic activity due to the blockade of a fuel terminal by gangs, which has halted transport and left many without food or clean drinking water amid an outbreak of cholera.

According to a letter seen by Reuters, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres earlier this month suggested sending in a "rapid-action force."

At a Security Council meeting on Monday, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. representative to the United Nations, said during a Security Council meeting that the resolution would propose a "carefully scoped non-U.N. mission led by a partner country with the deep and necessary experience required for such an effort to be effective."