June 9, 2021
By: Nathaniel Ballantyne
Washington DC SECRETARY OF STATE ANTONY BLINKEN TO U.S. CONGRESS: “HAITI IS PROFOUNDLY INSECURE” AND “ WE DO NOT SUPPORT THE REFERENDUM.”
According to Mr. Blinken, it is the policy of the United States to oppose any illegal maneuver that threatens democratic principles. The Secretary is clear that the U.S. does not support a referendum proposed by Jovenel Moise to remain in power indefinitely.
The Haitian American Diaspora Council, (HADIC) recently sent out an open letter admonishing all political organizations in Haiti not to meet with members of the Organization of American States (OAS).
Last week, OAS sent a letter to many political organizations inviting them to a meeting to try to resolve the political standoff. HADIC a coalition of organizations which included many other Haitian Diaspora organizations from the United States boycotted the meeting.
On Tuesday June 9, 2021, only ten men representing an exceedingly small fraction of the political organizations in Haiti attended the meeting at the OAS meeting in Petionville, Haiti. Here is the complete list of all attendees who attended the meeting with OAS:
YOURIE LATORTUE, from AAA;
JERRY TARDIEU from En Avant;
ROSEMOND PRADEL from Fusion;
STEVEN BENOIT from Autant;
CLARENS RENOIS, from Unir;
SAUREL JACINTHE, from Inite;
ARISONS BIEN-AIME, Depute;
REGINALD BOULOS from MTV;
BEKY JEAN BAPTISTE and
PASCAL ADRIEN, from Toutouni.
These so-called leaders are not to be trusted. Each one of them is prepared to sell their souls to the highest bidder to gain power. HADIC sent the letter to all the attendees of the meeting.
While many of them did not respond to the letter, according to Ketelie Altena, the public relations person for HADIC, the Diaspora is disappointed with JERRY TARDIEU for attending the meeting.
Many other political organizations including the LAVALAS, RCP and others did not attend the meeting citing HADIC position that OAS and the CORE Group are not credible partners to mediate the political standoff.
In its open letter to the public, HADIC suggested CARICOM and the African Union as possible mediators. These organizations have not been involved in the saga in Haiti and are very credible and will be able to assist the Haitian Diaspora come up with a global long-term solution.
A solution to the political standoff in Haiti is possible only if the United States recommit to restoring democracy in Haiti. The US has an exceedingly deep control of Haiti’s political and social affairs. The US has been sending mixed messages which make matters worse.
On one hand they argue that Haiti is so unsafe that they had to grant TPS to more than a 100,000 Haitian immigrants in the United States, at the same time the US is insisting that Haiti must have elections at all costs. The US must make up its mind about what policy they will pursue in Haiti.
The African Union and/or CARICOM can assist in mediating the situation, but the United States must commit and truly support such mediation for a firm and long-term resolution.