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Haiti - Insecurity : Distributions of arms, MINUSTAH in the fog
13/10/2010 07:35:31

Haiti - Insecurity : Distributions of arms, MINUSTAH in the fog
The UN Mission for Stabilization in Haiti (MINUSTAH) said in a statement dated 12 October 2010 its concern concerning assertions the distribution of firearms in certain communes. « These allegations come in every election, without more details, they resurfaced » a souligné le chef de la mission, M. Edmond Mulet.

It goes without saying that Mr. Mulet is referring to statements made on the airwaves of the capital Saturday, October 9 by Sen. Centre, Ms.dmonde Supplice Beauzile (Fusion) that denounced the illegal weapons in circulation his department. Denunciation that followed, the revelations of the candidate Jacques Edouard Alexis, who had revealed, 6 days earlier, at the inauguration of his campaign headquarters « that the power in place was handing guns to his supporters ahead of elections ».

Let us briefly recall that on October 6 after relatively inaccurate statements of Alexis, HaitiLibre wrote in an article « Statements that come in every election without precision (Des affirmations qui reviennent à chaque élection sans jamais de précision) » what is warranted before we know other information later. It is curious that Mr Mulet told almost word for word the same thing six days later « These allegations come in every election, without more details (Ces allégations qui reviennent à chaque élection sans davantage de précisions) », a sentence, disturbing resemblance... If our words were justified, in the mouth of Mr. Mulet is no longer the case. Indeed, on October 8th, the Ambassador of Haiti to the Dominican Republic hastened to deny the existence of an arms trafficking « I am not informed of that [...] I did not receive a report on the circulation of weapons through the border » [who asked him to make such statement?]. On October 9 Sen. Edmonde Supplice Beauzile on the air of a radio in the capital, was no longer in the allegations but the claims.

What should we think, when MINUSTAH launched an appeal for anyone who is in possession of such information sharing with the Haiti National Police (HNP), the United Nations Police (UNPOL) and the Observation Mission Electoral OAS / CARICOM, to enable them to shed light on the origin and destination of these weapons. While MINUSTAH could easily meet Alexis and the Senator Edmonde Supplice Beauzile to verify the validity or otherwise of their allegations or assertions. Especially as the Senator said on the air "have the names of those involved.". It would have been easier for MINUSTAH to do then publicly lie if it had been proved wrong. MINUSTAH Why did it not? Jean Henri Céant, Monday urged the government commissioner of Port-au-Prince, to put the public proceedings against perpetrators and sponsors of these distributions [arms]. Question: why or J. E. Alexis nor Sen. Beauzile did not they conveyed the information they have [supposedly] the authorities and have preferred to make statements in the media? For what purposes? Who is right?

That these weapons are or are just rumors [political purposes], the first objective has been achieved: instill fear. Because the rumor is enough to Haiti to feed the fear when a population is psychologically fragile, and in an everyday situation of tension, due to insecurity and violence omnipresent.

If MINUSTAH wishes to play its stabilizing role in Haiti, it is high time that a serious investigation into these allegations to take the necessary measures and to reassure the population and this in the shortest time.

https://www.haitilibre.com/article-1359-haiti-elections-jacques-edouard-alexis-tres-agressif-mais.html (french)

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