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Kenya's adjournment to the UN  Responsible for leading the peacekeeping force

Kenya's adjournment to the UN Responsible for leading the peacekeeping force

Between Washington and Nairobi, communication is non-stop. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke to Kenyan President William Ruto on the phone twice within a week. UN His country is responsible for leading the future international intervention force in Haiti under the mandate. Despite the recent upheaval in Port-au-Prince, it's a way for the US to ensure its partner is ready to deploy its special police forces.

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Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry resigned from Puerto Rico on Tuesday March 12, Kenya's enthusiasm cooled. That “As a result of a fundamental change of circumstances”, Korir Singhoi, Secretary General of the Ministry of External Affairs, announced on the same day: “In the absence of a political administration in Haiti, there is no point of trust in the position of the police. This is why the Kenyan government will wait for the establishment of a new constitutional authority in Haiti before making further decisions on the matter. »

Nairobi responded positively in October 2023 to a call for help from the United States and the United Nations as the Haitian government pleaded for a new law enforcement mission in the Caribbean nation crippled by mob attacks that control almost the entire capital. Kenya should provide a thousand men to spearhead the mission.

A deployment is considered “unconstitutional”.

The Kenyan declaration worries Washington, the real instigator of the intervention, which is eager to see it used. The U.S. — like France — which evacuated its non-essential diplomatic staff on Sunday — wants to “Accelerator” State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said the change was political. Under pressure from Washington, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) urgently needs to appoint one. “Presidential Transition Council” in Port-au-Prince.

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“I assured Mr. Blingen that once the Presidential Council is established through an agreed process, Kenya will continue to lead the United Nations security support mission in Haiti.”, William Ruto promised. However, this is not the only obstacle the Kenyan president must face before deploying an intervention force – which is to consist of about 5,000 men – in addition to Kenya, Benin, Chad, Bangladesh, Barbados and the Bahamas.

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