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Haiti - Elections : Weapons in circulation, Minustah is playing with words...
27/11/2010 09:53:45

Haiti - Elections : Weapons in circulation, Minustah is playing with words...
Background: On October 6, the candidate Jacques Édouard Alexis was revealed that those in power was handing guns to his supporters. Remarks followed on October 9, by the allegations of Senator Edmond Beauzile, who has denounced illegal circulation of weapons in his department, involving, candidates from the official platform INITE

Vincenzo Pugliesse, the spokesman for the UN Mission for Stabilization in Haiti (Minustah), said on November 10, after a month of investigations by police, it was not possible to confirm the allegations made regarding distributions or the trafficking of weapons into the country during the election campaign.

In front to the deadly incidents, involving firearms during the electoral campaign, it is not possible for Minustah to deny their existence. So, Edmond Mulet, the head of the UN mission in Haiti has felt obliged to clarify the situation yesterday. In a radio of the capital, he explained "There was no arrival of new weapons. What I see is a redistribution of weapons that were already in the country. But one does not see will of the government or certain candidates to buy weapons and them to distribute, that, I do not believe it". However, credible testimony, confirm that the gang leaders were able to obtain weapons imported...

In summary, weapons circulating in the country, it is a fact, but they have not been distributed by parties into the wrong hands, but simply redistributed (By whom and for what purpose ?).

We are reassured, thank you Mr Mulet for this important clarification ! But distributed or redistributed, these weapons remain a threat to Sunday's elections and the public. Recall that during this election campaign, neither Minustah nor the Haitian National Police (PNH) have seized illegal weapons yet visible on several occasions...

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