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Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Trudeau to send Canadian warships to Haiti

On Thursday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Royal Canadian Navy ships would be stationed off Haiti in the coming weeks.

“We are working closely with Haiti to help,” Trudeau said in a speech at a conference today in the Bahamas.

Trudeau said the ships would not be used to intercept Haitian migrants, but the primary purpose was to conduct surveillance. Previously, Canadian Air Force patrol aircraft had been deployed to the area.

Trudeau also announced sanctions against two unnamed Haitians for gang membership, bringing the total number of Haitians under Canadian sanctions to 17.

Later Thursday, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced that the United States would impose visa restrictions on 12 Haitians linked to organized crime.

Escalating gang violence has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of Haitians and the forced displacement of thousands. At the end of last year, a cholera epidemic broke out on the island.

In October, the United Nations offered to send a rapid reaction force to help Haitian police fight armed gangs that have exploded since the assassination of President Jovenel Moise in 2021.

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