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Kenneth Merten in Haiti to calm tensions

Samuel Maxime

Editor-in-Chief

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – For the right-leaning political commentator, Cyrus Sibert, it takes the presence of “the white man” in Haiti in order to calm the upset negroes on the island, he wrote in an article.

In this case, the radio host, Sibert, is speaking of Kenneth H. Merten, a Hillary Clinton crony still maintained by the U.S. State Department as the Under-Secretary Adjoint and Special Coordinator for Haiti at the Bureau of Hemispheric Affairs.

In this photo, seen with one whom the State Department, in 2005, declared “the poster boy for corruption” in Haiti.

With an uprising of daily unrest taking place by a population revolting against new and increased taxes through the Finance Law of 2017-18, the controversial former Ambassador to Haiti, Merten, has come to the country to quell tensions. Always on the side of the administration over the masses, Merten met with members of Parliament and the administration of President Jovenel Moise and Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant.

The officially stated reason for the visit to “talk with everyone”, is that Merten will be discussing the climate of security, the forthcoming departure of the UN Mission and the U.S. involvement in bolstering up the Haitian National Police.

Kenneth Merten in Haiti

The daily, Le Nouvelliste, writes about Merten’s visit.

During his visit to the Haitian Parliament on Monday, the special coordinator who was accompanied by the Chargé d’Affaires of the US Embassy in Haiti Robin Diallo, unveiled his wish to “talk with everyone” about of the current economic situation. Before meeting with the Senators, the Special Coordinator confided that he had already spoken with “a few private sector actors”, announcing his meeting on Monday evening with the head of government Jack Guy Lafontant.

Kenneth Merten intends to discuss with the Haitian authorities the climate of security, notably marked by the forthcoming departure of troops from the UN mission in the country. “With this departure, the work of the Haitian National Police will be more important than ever,” said the Special Coordinator, before reiterating the will of the Starry Republic to collaborate with the Haitian authorities to strengthen the national police.

Speaking of the security of the country after the final departure of MINUSTHA, the question of the army of Haiti mounts on the lips of journalists hanging on the lips of the coordinator. There, the special coordinator is clear: “The issue of the army is a matter that concerns only the Haitians”. To justify himself, Kenneth Merten points out that his country has supported the Haitian National Police for 20 years and that the United States does not intend to change course. “We have invested heavily in this effort and we intend to continue so that the Haitian people will have a better police force than ever before,” he said.

Haiti’s Special Coordinator for the Hemispheric Affairs Office Kenneth Merten is also in the country to attend a meeting on the Caracol Industrial Park.

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About The Author

Samuel Maxime is a Haitian-born citizen living in the United States. He founded The Haiti Sentinel to bring Haitian issues to an English language audience.