Will Canada lead Haiti’s military mission? Blinken, Joly dodge question – National


U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken says the discussions about a multilateral military intervention in Haiti are ongoing and remain a “work in progress.”

But neither Blinken nor Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly are saying anything about whether Canada would be expected or has been asked to lead such a mission.

Blinken met with Joly in Ottawa today to kick off a two-day visit to Canada, his first in person since becoming secretary of state.

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He says any military mission would be to support Haiti’s overwhelmed police forces, and that discussions about who would be involved are taking place with a “variety of countries.”

Joly says Haiti is facing a “triple crisis” and requires immediate security and humanitarian help before elections could be held to restore the country’s leadership.

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Since September, armed gangs have been blockading fuel access, worsening shortages of basic goods, clean water and medical services, all in the midst of an outbreak of cholera.

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Canada and the U.S. have sent armoured vehicles, and the United Nations is considering a military intervention to restore order, which has been endorsed by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

U.S. officials say that resolution is expected to pass by early November, and have expressly mentioned Canada as a candidate to lead such a mission.

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Blinken’s two-day visit ends in Montreal, where he will visit a lithium recycling plant and talks will focus on trade and electric vehicles.

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It comes less than a month after the two leaders met in Washington.

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