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    US and Canada Not Interested in Sending Armed Force to Haiti

    US and Canada Not Interested in Sending Armed Force to Haiti

    UNITED — The United States and Canada — the two countries most often mentioned as possible leaders of an international armed to help combat gangs – showed no interest Tuesday in deploying security personnel despite renewed appeals from the United Nations and Haiti for help to end worsening violence in the Western hemisphere's poorest nation.

    U.S. deputy ambassador Robert Wood told the U.N. Security Council that “Haiti must address its continued insecurity challenges,” and he encouraged the international community to support its efforts.

    Canada's U.N. Ambassador Robert Rae said the world needs to learn from all previous interventions in Haiti, which failed to bring long-term stability to the country, and ensure that in the future solutions “must be led by Haitians and by Haitian institutions.”

    Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry and the country's Council of Ministers sent an urgent appeal Oct. 7 calling for “the immediate deployment of a specialized armed force, in sufficient quantity” to stop the crisis caused partly by the “criminal actions of armed gangs.”

    U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued the appeal, but more than three months later, no countries have stepped forward.

    Helen La Lime, the U.N. special envoy for Haiti, reiterated the secretary-general's appeal, telling the council that “gang-related violence has reached levels not seen in…

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