UN to vote on choking off small arms from gangs in Haiti

Police drive their car over a barricade set up by taxi drivers to protest fuel shortages in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, July 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Odelyn Joseph) (Odelyn Joseph, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All right reserved)

UNITED NATIONS – The U.N. Security Council has scheduled a vote for Friday on a resolution that calls on all countries to stop the transfer of small arms, light weapons and ammunition to any party supporting gang violence and criminal activity in Haiti.

Haiti has seen an upsurge in bloodshed and kidnappings.

The draft by the United States and Mexico does not include an arms embargo as China sought.

Other council members said an embargo would be unenforceable.

The back and forth came in negotiations over a resolution to extend the mandate for the U.N. political mission in Haiti. The council’s previous authorization for the mission expires Friday.