Taiwan’s Involvement in Assisting Haiti Amidst Ongoing Crisis
A Beacon of Hope in a Crisis: Taiwan’s Support for Haiti
As the Caribbean nation of Haiti continues to grapple with a deepening crisis, international attention and support have become paramount. Taiwan’s foreign ministry has signaled its willingness to assist its distressed ally, Haiti, although it has stopped short of explicitly endorsing US President Joe Biden’s proposal for an urgent security intervention in the country.
President Biden’s appeal to the United Nations (UN) for a “security support mission” in Haiti is a response to the country’s deteriorating security situation. This deterioration followed the assassination of Haiti’s president in 2021 and has resulted in a state of affairs where gangs have taken control of large portions of the country.
The Unfolding Crisis in Haiti
Haiti’s current situation is dire. The country is gripped by gangs who have reportedly carried out mass-scale rape, kidnapping, and violence, with over 2,400 deaths since the start of the year, according to the UN. The Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres are among the voices calling for military intervention. However, no country has yet stepped forward to lead such an operation.
A willingness has been shown by Kenya to lead a multinational force to restore order in Haiti. However, concerns regarding potential abuses by Kenyan troops have caused delays. Amidst these complex dynamics, civil society groups argue that previous UN missions in Haiti have resulted in more harm than good, cautioning against sending troops.
Support in Strengthening Local Capacities
Instead of sending troops, these groups advise international help to strengthen Haiti’s police forces and limit the influx of weapons into the country. In line with this perspective, Taiwan’s foreign ministry revealed that it has supplied Haitian police with bulletproof vests and other protective equipment in 2022.
A spokesperson for Taiwan’s foreign ministry stated that the ministry and Taiwan’s embassy in Haiti will continue to closely cooperate with the Haitian government and other countries. The goal is to assist Haiti as much as possible, demonstrating a commitment to support a nation in crisis rather than impose an external solution.
As Haiti continues to grapple with a deep-seated crisis, international allies like Taiwan play a crucial role in supporting the struggling nation. While the debate over military intervention continues, Taiwan’s approach of bolstering local capacities could prove pivotal in the long-term resolution of the crisis. As the situation unfolds, the global community watches closely, hopeful of a peaceful resolution that respects Haiti’s sovereignty while ensuring the safety and wellbeing of its people.
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