“We only send US Marines to our embassy to make sure they’re safe and nothing’s going wrong at all. But the idea of sending US forces to Haiti is not on the agenda at the moment, ”Biden said at a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
A military intervention in Haiti “is not on the agenda”, also declared the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, following a Haitian request for international assistance in matters of security.
The July 7 assassination of President Jovenel Moise, during a period of heightened gang violence and political instability, left the nation in confusion.
Haiti has called on the United States and the United Nations to help secure key strategic sites in the aftermath of the attack, but Frenchman Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Thursday that the capital’s airport and oil facilities were under “police protection, not military”.
Le Drian suggested that France would be ready to provide police if necessary, but said “it must be done under the authority of the United Nations”.
A police dispatch “must be considered as part of a strengthening of the United Nations presence, which is currently insufficient, to be able to ensure the electoral process”, he declared on the sidelines of a meeting of the UN on Libya and the protection of humanitarian workers.
Paris and Washington intervened militarily in Haiti in 2004 during the fall of ex-leader Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
A UN peacekeeping mission followed between 2004 and 2007, comprising around 9,000 troops.
In October 2017, a police mission – the United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti – took over and lasted until October 2019.
Any new UN operation should be authorized by the UN Security Council, according to several diplomats.
On Thursday, US President Joe Biden said sending US troops to Haiti was “not on the agenda.”