CARICOM Eminent Persons Group disappointed after five-day trip to Haiti

By Racquel Porter 
The Caribbean Community Eminent Persons Group has ended a five-day visit to Haiti, expressing disappointment that the tone of the discussions with the stakeholders in the French-speaking CARICOM country had hardened and that the positions of some stakeholders had regressed significantly.
The Group is led by former prime minister of St. Lucia, Dr. Kenny Anthony and includes former prime ministers Bruce Golding of Jamaica and Perry Christie of the Bahamas.
It has been tasked, along with a small team comprising technical expertise in mediation, security, and political research supported by the CARICOM Secretariat, to facilitate consultations with Haitian stakeholders.
The three-member group returned to Haiti on September 4 for a five-day visit with the intention making progress in the search for a sustainable solution to the long-standing political impasse.
But the group came back disappointed, noting that there were strident calls for the resignation of Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry.

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