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CARICOM is optimistic about solution to Haiti crisis

Kingston, Mar 11 (Prensa Latina) Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Chairman Irfaan Ali expressed on Tuesday the bloc's optimism for a solution to the crisis in Haiti, which has been plunged into chaos by a wave of violence by armed gangs.

Ali, who is also the President of Guyana, assured, after meeting in this capital to address the issue, that he believes that among all stakeholders, they have found common ground and a way through which they can support a Haitian-led solution.

In a press briefing following the meeting, to which representatives from nations such as Mexico, the United States, and France also participated, Ali said they had “deep and honest conversations with our Haitian brothers and sisters, representing political, civil society, and religious leaders.

The aim is to “try to reach a consensus on an inclusive and effective interim government structure that leads the country to general elections as soon as possible,” he said, according to the Caribbean Media Corporation.

“The difficult decisions we take here this Tuesday must be in the interest of the Haitian people,” Ali said, stressing the need to focus not only on the immediate solution but also on establishing the essential elements for political stability, long-term recovery, and the development of this nation.

Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness, in turn, warned that while progress is being made, “the situation in Haiti continues to deteriorate on the ground, especially in the last few weeks.”

According to the United Nations, nearly 15,000 people have been displaced in the latest escalation in Haiti -whose Prime Minister Ariel Henry remains in Puerto Rico, while aid to those in need is considered limited and risky.