Garry Conille calls on gangs to lay down their weapons “before any other arrangements"

By Daniel Zéphyr, Gazette Haiti, June 25, 2024

Haiti's Prime Minister, Dr Garry Conille, and the head of the Kenyan delegation, Dr Monica Juma, officially launched the multinational mission to restore security in Haiti. At a joint press conference on Tuesday, Conille called on the armed groups to lay down their weapons and recognize the authority of the state "before any other arrangement".

Meeting at the Prime Minister's residence in Musseau, Prime Minister Garry Conille was accompanied by the Minister of Justice, Me Carlos Hercule, and the new Director General of the Haitian National Police (PNH), Rameau Normil. The Head of Government expressed his gratitude to Kenya for its support, underlining the urgent need to resolve the security crisis paralyzing the country.

"This is a unique opportunity for two peoples separated by oceans but linked by history to express their solidarity at this difficult time," said Garry Conille.

In his speech, Conille listed the damage caused by the gangs to Haitian society, including the closure of hospitals, schools and universities. "The population can't take it anymore," said the head of government, who made a point of appealing to gang leaders.

Earlier this week, Jimmy Cherisier alias Barbecue called for a dialogue with the government after his troops recently killed three policemen from the Unité Temporaire Anti-Gang. Asked about the possibility of responding to the call for dialogue made by Jimmy Cherizier, alias Barbecue, leader of the Viv Ansanm coalition, Conille was clear: "Lay down your arms and recognize the authority of the state before any other disposition ."

Dr Monica Juma, head of the Kenyan delegation, reaffirmed her country's commitment to supporting Haiti in this time of crisis. "This mission aims to protect citizens and facilitate the resumption of commercial activities and the distribution of humanitarian aid," she said, underlining the involvement of other nations.

The first Kenyan police officers arrived in Port-au-Prince this morning. According to the latest information, other contingents are expected to arrive in the next few days.


Translated by CHIP editors


Posted June 29, 2024