CARICOM backs multi-national force to restore stability in Haiti

The Caribbean Community [CARICOM] is hoping that the establishment of a multi-national force for deployment to Haiti will be given full endorsement by the United Nations Security Council.
This, CARICOM says, would be a demonstration of the commitment of the international community to improve the security and humanitarian conditions of the people of Haiti and support restoration of law and order.
The regional bloc says it welcomes the announcement by Jamaica and The Bahamas that they would join Kenya in committing members to a multi-national force to respond to the security situation in Haiti.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Friday informed the President of Kenya, William Ruto, that Kingston and Nassau are committed to providing a combined 350 personnel to the multi-national force.
Mr Holness expressed hope that more countries, whether in the region of the Americas, continent of Africa, or elsewhere, would also step forward with personnel commitments and that the requisite UN Security Council Resolution will be adopted in order to provide the appropriate jurisdictional framework for the security force.
Mr Holness said the 'Good Offices' efforts led by three former CARICOM prime ministers must continue to be supported towards facilitating a political consensus in Haiti.
He also expressed gratitude to members of the international community, in particular the United States, Canada, and the UN Secretary-General, who have been advocating strongly for more partners to support peace and stability in Haiti.

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