China asks UN Security Council to ban small arms in Haiti: diplomats

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New York: China has asked the United Nations Security Council to vote on banning small arms in Haiti, sanctioning the Caribbean nation’s gang leaders and even backing the dispatch of a regional police force to Haiti. island in the throes of violence, diplomatic sources said on Thursday.
The measures are believed to be part of renewal plans for a UN political mission in Haiti which expires on Friday evening. It comes as the impoverished country slides into chaos, with a spike in deadly gang violence, fuel shortages and rising food prices. Individual sanctions would include travel bans and asset freezes, according to a draft text seen by AFP.
China has played an increasingly prominent role in the Haiti issue at the UN in recent years, largely because Port-au-Prince has recognized Taiwan, the democratic and self-governing island that Beijing considers its own territory and swore to seize it. one day, by force if necessary.
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Countries that maintain diplomatic relations with China generally refrain from having official exchanges with Taiwan. At the UN, Beijing has taken a tougher line on Haiti, although it denies any connection between its position and the Taiwan issue.

A Chinese diplomatic source told AFP that it was necessary to push the political authorities in Haiti to act, and to put those responsible for the violence on notice with legal sanctions. At least 89 people have been killed in Port-au-Prince alone this week after days of gang violence, and aid agencies said the area was dangerous to access.

Crushing poverty and widespread violence are driving many Haitians to flee to the Dominican Republic, with which Haiti shares a border, or to the United States. The Security Council is debating whether to extend the UN’s special political mission in Haiti, known by its acronym BINUH, until 2023. A vote was originally scheduled for Wednesday, but Council members negotiating the request, it could be pushed back to Friday.

(The article is written by AFP. Only the title has been changed.)

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