THE HAITIAN DIASPORA WANTS AN “ACCORD OF THE ACCORDS”
TRUENEWSBLOG| December 25, 2021
By: Steve Cooley
News Correspendent, Puerto Rico
San Juan, Puerto Rico – The Haitian Diaspora is not monolithic, but there is one thing everyone agrees on: to solve Haiti’s political crisis, they need an Accord of the “Accords.”
Several organizations such as the Haitian Diaspora Federation (HDF), the Association of Haitians Physician Abroad (AMHE), have joined the Haitian Diaspora Political Action Committee ( HDPAC) and collaboration with GIPHRADREC and others to organize the Haiti Unity Summit scheduled to take place in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at Southern Unversity Law Center, Nelson Mandela Center For Public Policy.
According to a press release issued by the 2021 Haitian Diaspora Interest group, U.S. General Russel L. Honore has been tapped by the group to be the facilitator. U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield is slated to be the keynote speaker. Other notable invitees are Congressman Gregory Meeks, Chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, and soon to be the new Haitian American Congressperson from Florida 20th congressional district Sheila Shefilus-McCormick.
According to an unnamed source, the U.S. State Department supports the Summit. And, it is waiting to see whether the parties could come to a final resolution that could be implemented on February 7, 2021, the day that Prime Minister Ariel Henry ‘a term of office expires.
According to several sources, five Accords have been invited: MONTANA, CESCO, PEN, ARIEL.HENRY and AKOR LARI A.
In a letter dated December 10, 2021, the Montana group declined to participate and requested a meeting with the organizers of the Summit.
This Summit creates a huge problem for the Montana group, which until a month ago, was assured that their group would replace Ariel Hemry after February 7, 2022. With the Unity Summit, the organizers hope to bring enough people together to review and analyze each Accord and hopefully agree on an Accord of the “Accords.” The Summit organized by the 2021 Haitian Diaspora Interest Group represents a serious challenge for Montana, whom many believe has been very reluctant to negotiate with the other Accords.
If Montana stays out of the Summit, Ariel could benefit from participating and cutting a deal with the other Accords. With the Haitian Diaspora’s endorsement of the Accord of the “Accords,” under the eyes of the international community, who is already supportive of Ariel, he may end up the big winner.
Another possible scenario is that the Montana group could implode with several factions leaving Montana to join other Accords at the Summit. This has happened before to Montana, and according to several people inside Montana the leadership is very concerned about a rupture. The best outcome would be for Montana to participate and the factions in Haiti to come together and form a consensus, an “accord of Accords.”
The questions now being raised are: Why won’t Montana participate? Why don’t they want the Diaspora to be involved? And more importantly, Who is Montana, and why do they think they are so powerful?