Today, Antigua and Barbuda declared that it would send a military mission to Haiti as part of attempts to reestablish the nation’s law and order. Following a meeting last Friday in New York on the fringes of the UNGA, it was decided to send members of the Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force (ABDF) to the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nation.
Together with Jamaica and The Bahamas, Antigua and Barbuda has pledged human resources to help Kenya’s intention to send a security force to Haiti. 1,000 security men will go to Haiti from Kenya. A $100 million fund offered by the United States will support their efforts.
The number of members of the [ABDF] who will be sent to Haiti has not yet been decided, according to a statement from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM). According to OPM, Prime Minister Gaston Browne is dedicated to resolving Haiti’s issues.
OPM emphasized Browne’s speech at the UNGA, when he informed international leaders that the situation in Haiti is deteriorating as the CARICOM Eminent Persons Group raised worries about the gang crisis that has resulted from the growing gang dominance.
The necessity for a quick, comprehensive, coordinated intervention that will simultaneously address humanitarian needs and restore government, security, and the rule of law is evident, according to Browne.
The key to good governance, according to the CARICOM Eminent Persons, is a transitional administration with a wide base of support. We hope that the proposed representative transitional government will come to fruition in order to offer the necessary leadership and, with outside help, to restore order and bring long-lasting peace and prosperity to the Haitian people, he added.