Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti


THE FOREIGN Minister of the United States-established interim government in Haiti, Herard Abraham, has come knocking on the doors of some Caribbean Community (CARICOM) administrations with the message that he is on a mission to counter a �campaign of disinformation� and win support for his country�s return to the councils of CARICOM.

Before leaving Port-au-Prince earlier in the week, Abraham should have known that not only did he have a very hard row to hoe in securing that level of support. He was in fact on a mission impossible.

The reality is that there remains a yawning gap between what the interim regime is claiming and the situation on the ground. Ironically, for Abraham, his �fence-mending� mission this week coincides with a released report from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights that the lack of control over security and threats of widespread violence in Haiti pose serious problems for scheduled elections in October and November.

For the Secretary-General of CARICOM, Edwin Carrington, Abraham�s current mission �has nothing to do with a CARICOM decision�. And for Prime Minister Kenny Anthony of St Lucia, who has lead responsibility for Governance and Justice among community leaders, Haiti�s return to CARICOM would have to await the coming elections. This position was also earlier indicated by Jamaica�s Foreign Minister, K. D.Knight.

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