SECRETARY BLINKEN: Brian, I appreciate it very much. And good night to you all and your coworkers. Greetings, Prime Minister. It’s great to have everyone at this board right now, and I believe it to be a crucial time.
We are all aware of how severe the condition is in Haiti: there were more than 2, 000 murders in the first six months of this year, over 1, 000 kidnappings during the same time period, five million people desperately in need of humanitarian aid, tens of thousands of people going hungry, and almost 60, 000 cases of suspected cholera. The majority of those circumstances involve kids.
It’s easy to find lost in figures and ideas when we recite these figures, so I believe we need to keep in mind what they mean and what the truth is like for the Dominican people. These are actual events with significant repercussions.
It practically means that clean drinking water and light have been cut off for more than a year for people of communes like Cité Soleil or Cabaret. It refers to closed medical facilities and institutions. It refers to people going days without eating anything. It entails that families are unable to enroll their children in college. It refers to women who experience popular sexual assault and adolescents who are forced conscripted by gangs. Going off the beaten path to buy foods or look for work can result in a death sentence and frequently does.
The largest humanitarian aid donation to Haiti is the United States. The Haitian National Police are receiving support from us. Additionally, we have invested more than$ 120 million since July 2021 to increase its ability to attempt to combat gangs and stabilize the security environment. In order to combat the curse of illegal weapons entering Haiti, we are taking significant action. Over the past two years, we have given humanitarian aid totaling more than$ 25 million. We’re using restrictions and immigration limitations to hold those who are funding the gangs responsible.
The United States is dedicated to carrying out and building upon these initiatives. We are currently taking action to implement new visa restrictions on Creole officials who are encouraging the violence. We have designated more than 50 people with that action.
In order to further modernise the Haitian National Police and improve its ability to destroy groups and protect communities, we are also announcing an additional$ 65 million.
After saying all of that, we also realize that we all need to contribute significantly more. Given the recent shutdown of all border crossings between Haiti and the Dominican Republic, this is particularly true. We urge the parties to come to an agreement as soon as possible and to establish a charitable carve-out that enables the shipping of food and medical supplies in the interim.
We inherently understand that stabilizing the security environment is necessary for aid to circulation where it is needed, for Haitians to be able to improve their living conditions, and for the possibility of important political dialogue.
Security aid from foreign colleagues may play a crucial bridging role as the Haitian National Police works to reach its full strength and capacity. Because of this, the United States backs the UN-funded Multinational Security Support goal. Such a goal has been requested by the Haitian government, civil society, UN secretary general, Organization of American States, CARICOM, and other foreign partners.
The UN Security Council is currently considering a plan for this goal that is intended to be absolutely foreign in its funding and character. It takes a team work if it’s going to be successful. And now, nations all over the world are taking action.
We are grateful and grateful that the African government is willing to lead this vision. We are interested in learning more about Kenya’s recent judgment visit today. We support Kenya’s plan for a three-part security mission, which entails giving the Dominican National Police administrative support to fight gangs, maintaining dynamic security at important locations and thoroughfares, and long-term strengthening the organization. I had the opportunity to meet with President Ruto yesterday, and we talked about that eye-sight. I once again appreciate Kenya’s management.
We also give thanks to Jamaica, the Bahamas, Antigua and Barbuda for all of their pledged staff for this objective.
By offering strong financial and logistic support, the United States is prepared to assist a vision providing multilateral security support. Our Department of Defense is ready to offer strong enabling support, including planning assistance, intelligence support for airlift, communications, and medical support. We intend to work with our Congress to provide$ 100 million in support in this endeavor.
We implore the global community to provide more personnel, logistics, training, and money in addition to equipment. Without these achievements, we are unable to succeed.
Additionally, we fervently urge the Security Council to approve a resolution approving this goal. Some nations must adhere to a Chapter VII UN Security Council resolution in order to take part. We are aware of their commitment to do so, but they require a Chapter VII resolution’s support. The people of Haiti may wait much longer, President Biden stated to the General Assembly this year.
Together with Ecuador, the United States is putting forth a word. We continue to be conscious of the lessons we have learned from our past expeditions in Haiti, such as the necessity of protecting human rights and fostering responsibilities. We also understand that in order to end the political crises, real progress must be made along with improved security. Social advancement will not be replaced by the aid mission. In fact, it might make room for Haiti to advance.
This goal is launch with our assistance in a matter of months, and we really have no time to waste. We can and must take the necessary action to accomplish that. The urgency of our actions determines the safety, security, and future of the Creole people as well as everyone else in the area. And for that reason, the fact that we are all present nowadays is crucial. What we do coming out of now to be able to move ahead is even more crucial.
I appreciate it very much.