Port-au-Prince, 4 July 2023 (TDI): UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is on an official trip to Haiti in order to assess the current gang situation there.

The UN chief has asked the International community to assist Haitian Police in combating Criminal Gangs.

The trip that took place was Guterres’ first to Haiti as UN Secretary-General.


It is intended to highlight the country’s issues as it fights to confront violent gangsters who have fully seized Port-au-Prince.

“We have to put Haiti on the global geopolitical map and make the plight of the Haitian nation the top priority of the international community,” Guterres said. He also met with Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry to discuss the situation.

Furthermore, the Secretary-General of the United Nations has urged governments to provide a “rapid reaction force” to assist Haiti’s security forces.

However, no such army has been officially sent since no country has stood up to command.

Guterres called for solidarity and encouraged the Security Council of the United Nations.

It will meet later this month to review the situation in Haiti, and to “authorize the immediate arrival of a credible global security force.”

Nations’ reactions to the plea

Brazil and Canada have also been significantly involved in the negotiations, while other Caribbean countries have shown support for such a force.

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United States’ President Joe Biden has stated, “Washington, D.C. is not going to be a force and will instead focus on boosting the budding national police.”

Ambassadors said governments are hesitant of backing the Henry leadership, which seized control in the month of July 2021.

They have consistently stated that impartial elections can’t be conducted in the current climate of danger.

Meanwhile, Henry has said that he would leave office on February 7, 2024.