CARICOM “disappointed” by PM Ariel Henry’s inaction
The Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves, has strongly criticized the inaction of Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry in forming a broader government coalition and implementing measures to address the unstable socio-political situation in Haiti.
In a statement to the EFE news agency on Friday, Gonsalves expressed the disappointment of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) regarding the unfulfilled commitments made by Henry during the CARICOM summit in Trinidad and Tobago last July.
The political situation in Haiti is currently described as “deeply polarized and volatile” by Gonsalves, who asserts that it is fueled by criticisms regarding the lack of legitimacy of the current government and its inability to address the security and socio-economic issues that have plagued the country for years.
During the CARICOM summit in July, Ariel Henry had promised to take steps to broaden the government base in Haiti by engaging in inclusive dialogue with various political forces in the country. However, according to Gonsalves, these commitments have not been followed by concrete actions, leaving the Haitian crisis without a tangible solution.
Ralph Gonsalves emphasized the importance of a concerted response from CARICOM to help Haiti out of this political impasse. He called for urgent action to stabilize the situation in Haiti, protect human rights, and create the necessary conditions for free and fair elections.