Statement From The Min. of Foreign Affairs On Order For All Bahamians To Leave Haiti

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The Prime Minister has ordered an immediate involuntary departure from Haiti of all diplomaticpersonnel or as soon as security conditions permit.Up to this time, there was a voluntary departure order in place and all staff at the embassy chose tostay. Per the new instructions, they are to leave for home as soon as conditions permit.This is only a temporary measure in light of recent developments which require a corporate securityand intelligence assessment and restaging.This morning the Chargรจ reported that they had been stopped by Haitian police and relieved of theirvehicle and weapons.

This is part of a protest by the Haitian National Police against their ownauthorities.All of our diplomats are personally safe.There also is a report of 5 Bahamians from Bahamasair who landed at Port Au Prince Airport who wereunable to leave the environs of the airport. They are all safe and well.The security situation appears less stable over the past three days in the country, and we are takingsteps out of an abundance of caution.The pattern of security concerns is one of ebb and flow and these withdrawals are sometimes necessaryto regroup.The Security Forces in our country have been alerted to these developments.As soon as conditions permit a team will be sent back into Haiti without further announcement.