December 21 Accord: the United States calls for broadening the consensus

By Loop News, January 8, 2023

While welcoming the December 21 Accord initiated by Ariel Henry, the United States calls for a broader consensus.

The Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Brian A. Nichols, welcomed the political agreement signed on December 21 by Prime Minister Ariel Henry. However, the Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs called for a broader consensus in order to find a solution to the crisis facing the country.

“[I am] encouraged by the political agreement of December 21, bringing together Haitians from various sectors to address the political crisis,” Nichols tweeted on January 5.

“I hope to see a broader consensus and greater flexibility among leaders from all sectors so that Haiti can advance reform and democracy and improve security,” he continued.

Haitian authorities reacted immediately to Nichols’ comments.

Indeed, Haiti's Ambassador to the United States, Bocchit Edmond, responded in these terms: "I appreciate your observation on the December 21 Accord. I would like to reiterate Ariel Henry's desire to leave the doors open to dialogue so that everyone can join him in addressing the concerns of the Haitian people who have suffered for so long".

It should be recalled that the political class and civil society actors are divided on the December 21 Accord, citing its exclusive nature. Important parties and organizations such as Fanmi Lavalas and Parti Haïtien Tèt Kale (PHTK), which have animated political life in the country for the past two decades, have not yet signed the “National Consensus document. for inclusive transition and free elections”.

Translated by CHIP Editors


Posted Feb. 5, 2023