White House does not rule out Haiti request for U.S. troops

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By Luis Jaime Acosta and Andre Paultre

BOGOTA/PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) -The United States is inactive reviewing a petition for troops made by Haiti's interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph to assistance unafraid cardinal infrastructure aft the assassination of President Jovenel Moise, White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said connected Monday.

Psaki said Haiti's governmental enactment remains unclear and that it was captious for the country's leaders to travel unneurotic to illustration a agreed way forward.

Moise was changeable dormant aboriginal connected Wednesday astatine his Port-au-Prince location by what Haitian authorities picture arsenic a portion of assassins formed of 26 Colombians and 2 Haitian Americans. Haitian constabulary said connected Sunday they had arrested different cardinal suspect.

The decease of the president has plunged the troubled state into deeper turmoil, and U.S. officials traveled determination connected Sunday to measure the concern and conscionable 3 politicians who person staked competing claims to instrumentality charge.

"What was wide astir their travel is that determination is simply a deficiency of clarity astir the aboriginal of governmental leadership," Psaki said astatine a quality briefing.

Haitians successful parts of Port-au-Prince were readying protests this week against interim premier curate and acting caput of authorities Claude Joseph, according to societal media posts.

Joseph's close to pb the state has been challenged by 2 different elder politicians, Prime Minister-Designate Ariel Henry and Senate President Joseph Lambert.

Emily Horne, a spokesperson for the U.S. National Security Council, said the U.S. delegation held a associated gathering with the 3 men.

During the talks, the U.S. representatives encouraged unfastened and constructive dialog to scope an statement to alteration Haiti to clasp escaped and just elections, Horne said.

"MERCENARIES"

On Sunday, Haitian constabulary said they had detained 1 of the suspected crippled masterminds, 63-year-old Christian Emmanuel Sanon, a Haitian antheral whom authorities impeach of hiring mercenaries to oust and regenerate Moise. They did not explicate Sanon's motives beyond saying they were political.

On Monday, Haitian constabulary issued an apprehension warrant for different Colombian, seemingly successful transportation with the alleged plot. Colombian media said the antheral was a retired soldier.

Colombian constabulary said connected Monday they could not stock immoderate proposal astir the decease of Moise and that they respect the Haitian state's autonomy. So acold 18 Colombians tied to the lawsuit person been arrested and 3 much killed.

"We cannot conception immoderate hypothesis," General Jorge Luis Vargas, caput of the Colombian nationalist police, told journalists successful Bogota. "We respect the judicial autonomy of the Haitian authorities and its authorities."

Families of immoderate of the Colombians, galore ex-soldiers, person said their relatives were hired arsenic bodyguards, not arsenic mercenaries, and that they did not termination Moise.

The men were initially contracted to support Sanon, and were aboriginal presented with a warrant to apprehension Moise, Haiti's National Police Chief Leon Charles said Sunday.

Photos said to beryllium of Sanon gathering with a radical of men, including different fishy successful the case, Haitian-American James Solages, began circulating connected societal media precocious connected Sunday. Reuters could not verify the authenticity of the images.

A antheral by Sanon's sanction is listed online arsenic a doc who has worked successful Florida, wherever a information institution that Haitian authorities accidental hired suspects successful the lawsuit is based.

Most of the detainees were held aft an overnight shoot-out connected Wednesday successful a suburb of Port-au-Prince, and 3 killed.

Nineteen tickets to Haiti were bought for the men via the Miami-based information institution CTU, Vargas added.

Run by Venezuelan emigre Antonio Enmanuel Intriago Valera, CTU has not responded to requests for remark from Reuters.

According to Colombian police, a antheral named Dimitri Herard, who served arsenic Moise's caput of security, transited done Colombia aggregate times earlier this year, during trips to Ecuador and the Dominican Republic betwixt January and May.

Colombian authorities are investigating Herard's activities during his visits, constabulary main Vargas said.

High-ranking Colombian quality officials person been successful Haiti since Friday to assistance with the investigation.

(Reporting by Luis Jaime Acosta and Andre PaultreAdditional reporting by Patricia Zengerle and Doina ChiacuWriting by Julia Symmes CobbEditing by Alistair Bell)

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