Haiti - Security : PM and the Minister of the Interior will explain the new force
"...We believe, as co-custodian of the national sovereignty, that it is necessary to convene the Minister of the Interior and the Prime Minister, so that they can shed light about this important issue [... ] There are conditions to meet to have an army and the fact of not knowing if they are satisfied, justifies that we convenes the leaders to understand what is happening there.
The letter has just arrived at the office of President, there are six colleagues who signed [the Senators Moise Jean Charles, Jean-Baptiste Bien-aimée, Nenel Cassy, Wesner Polycarpe, Joseph Joël John, and Pierre Francky Exius]. [...] We know that if there is an army, currently there is no budget [...] it is necessary to explain where the uniforms will be found, we need to know where they will find the weapons, I believe there is an arms embargo, we also need to know when they will make the recruitment, the training, ll these things must be clear to the general public, that's why we invited the Minister of the Interior and the Prime Minister [...] because nobody knows what is happening. I think we take our responsibilities as part of the audit work, we have on the Executive..."
The Senator Rodolphe Joazile, President of the Senate, reported that a meeting is scheduled next Monday at 10 am on the projet of National Security Force of the President Martelly "it's at this time that we will know exactly how they want make approach. I think, if it is to create a General Staff (État-Major),[...] they will be able to find people on the ground to create it.
[...] In my opinion, legally and constitutionally, the Parliament does not need to be consulted on this issue, because [...] the army of Haiti is constitutional, even today. If you open the Constitution of 1987, you will see thatthere are two forces: the army and police forces. Now if there was an order or decree, they took to dissolve the army, I do not think that's it, he [President Martelly] will always be able to defer the decree and he will not need of Parliament.
Now, to set up the institution, which exists in law but not in practice, you will need money, not only to pay the executives, to recruit them to buy equipment etc... [...] That money should not from an other place that the state budget. It is obviously that it will be necessary to sit with the Parliament to see how through the budget [...] we will identify ways to support this new institution.
At the beginning of the fiscal year, October 1, 2011, we had no budget, simply because we did not have a government in the country. Today, I think the priority of the new government is to prepare a new budget and submit it to the discretion of Parliament [...] of course, if it is a priority for the Government, if at the level of the state, they make arrangements, they will identify ways in the budget to support this initiative.
All things are a priority in the country. If you ask me today if the country needs an army, I would say yes without hesitation, because I am a former captain of the Armed Forces of Haiti, I can not deny my past. Now if you ask me, as a statesman, is that the military is a priority ? I would say that everything is a priority, hence the need for a national debate and of reflection on the issue, so hat we can jointly define the order of priorities..."
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