June 16, 2023 | Vision Newspaper |
On June 15th, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, hosted a ministerial meeting with key partners to discuss the security situation in Haiti.
Minister Joly also reiterated that Canada will continue to build on its significant investments in Haiti by establishing a Canada-led Joint Security Coordination Cell (JSCC). This cell will look to enhance the coordination and mobilization of international efforts in security assistance, working closely with the Haitian National Police (HNP), international partners, and the United Nations to foster a sustainable environment for long-term peace and security in Haiti. Canada will continue its efforts, in coordination with key partners, to disrupt armed gang activities through logistical, technical and operational support and through cooperation with the HNP.
The Minister announced that Canada has imposed sanctions on 2 more individuals: former member of parliament Prophane Victor, and former senator Gracia Delva. These sanctions impose a dealings prohibition that effectively freezes any assets these individuals may hold in Canada. These individuals are now also inadmissible to Canada under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
It was also announced that Canada will allocate $10 million in funding to the UN Development Programme’s (UNDP) multi-donor basket fund on security in Haiti and $3 million in funding to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes’ (UNODC) anti-corruption project. These contributions will help bolster the HNP capacity to address immediate security needs and long-term capacity-building, as well as strengthen Haiti’s capacity to fight corruption and impunity.
“Canada has been a long-time partner and ally of Haiti, and we will continue to work with the international community to advance a Haitian-led solution to the crisis. We call on all our partners to continue working together to achieve this objective.” – Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs
For more information, please see news release.
SOURCE Government of Canada