United States has rejected this friday the Haitian request for troops to help secure key infrastructure after the assassination of President Jovenel Moise by suspected foreign mercenaries, including when he promised to help with the investigation.
Moise’s assassination by a squad of gunmen early Wednesday morning at his home in Port-au-Prince further plunged Haiti into a crisis. political crisis that can worsen famine, gang violence, and Covid-19 outbreaks.
The Minister of Elections of Haiti, Mathias Pierre, said that on Wednesday he requested security assistance from USA in a conversation between Acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph and the US Secretary of State, Antony Blink. Haiti also requested forces from the United Nations Security Council, Pierre has said.
But a senior US administration official said that “there were no plans to provide military assistance American at this time.
A letter from Joseph’s office to the U.S. embassy in Haiti, dated Wednesday and reviewed by Reuters, requested the sending troops to help the national police to restore security and protect key infrastructure across the country after Moise’s assassination.
A similar letter, also dated Wednesday and seen by Reuters, was sent to the office of the HIM-HER-IT at Haiti.
“We were in a situation where we believed that the country’s infrastructure – the port, the airport and the energy infrastructure – could be a target,” Pierre told Reuters.
Another objective of the request for security reinforcements would seek to make it possible to successfully carry out the presidential and legislative elections scheduled for the September 26, Pierre said.
The UN political mission in Haiti received the letter and is under review, he said. Jose Luis Diaz, spokesperson for the UN Department of Political Affairs and Peacebuilding.
Likewise, Díaz concluded that “the dispatch of troops under any circumstances would be a matter for the Security Council (of 15 members) to decide,” he said.