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Caribbean soldiers train for possible Haitian peace mission

Kingston, Apr 1 (Prensa Latina) Military personnel from Jamaica, Bahamas and Belize are carrying out a training period aiming at joining a possible Caribbean peacekeeping force in Haiti, where sociopolitical instability prevails.

The contingents comprise members of the coast guards and armies of those countries, and their maneuvers will last until the 24th with the assistance of Canadian forces.

This is a program aimed at updating troops with the most advanced tactics and strengthening their operational capabilities in case the contingent is deployed.

The exercise is part of the commitment assumed by the Caribbean Community and other international actors to protect the region and support efforts to restore order in Haiti.

The country remains mired in chaos, gang warfare, and a power void after former Prime Minister Henry Ariel resigned from office last month.

The severity of the situation pushed more than 17 thousand people to leave Port-au-Prince in March alone; more than half of them left for the departments of Grand Sur, a region that already houses at least 116 thousand people from the metropolitan area displaced in recent months.

Governments around the world have evacuated their embassies and nationals from Haiti.