Haitian PM Welcomes Kenyan Police, Outlines Path to Stability

Haiti’s Prime Minister Garry Conille has expressed optimism about the recently deployed Kenyan police force, calling their initial impact “extremely positive” in the fight against gang violence. Addressing the U.N. Security Council, Conille outlined his government’s priorities: tackling gang violence, ensuring food security, and paving the way for democratic elections through political reforms.

The arrival of 200 Kenyan officers marks the beginning of a 2,500-strong international police force, with contributions expected from several other nations. This force aims to combat gangs that now control up to 80% of Port-au-Prince, following a surge in violence since President Jovenel Mo├»se’s assassination in 2021.

Conille emphasized the need for Haiti to break the cycle of foreign interventions, calling for close coordination to avoid past mistakes. He stressed the importance of building strong institutions before the police force’s eventual departure.

The humanitarian crisis in Haiti remains severe, with over 580,000 people displaced and 4 million facing food insecurity. As the international community pledges support, including a significant U.S. contribution, funding and arms control challenges persist.

Conille’s leadership faces the monumental task of stabilizing Haiti for elections in 2026, with the success of the international police force crucial to this goal. The prime minister’s appeal for a united effort underscores the complexity of Haiti’s path to peace and sustainable development.

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