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Haiti - Politic : Residence or not of Dr. Conille ? Mirlande Manigat explains...
08/09/2011 10:40:12

Haiti - Politic : Residence or not of Dr. Conille ? Mirlande Manigat explains...
The question of residence of Dr. Garry Conille, third Prime Minister designated by the the Head of State is controversial. Mirlande Manigat explains what could be considered as residence and what can not be considered as such. Without knowledge of the documents submitted by the candidate, Mirlande Manigat does not claim to provide a definitive answer on the subject, but her intervention should provide some relevant on the issue of residence as controversial.

"...Dr. Conille, I do not know him, in addition I can not say that the name of his father is more familiar to me than his own. Regarding the conditions listed in Article 157, concerning the residence, I heard with great interest the statements made by here and there. The status of an international civil servant, is not that of a diplomat, nor the status of a Haitian who is represents Haiti in an international organization. Eric Pierre, for example, had twice been approached to be Prime Minister, he represented Haiti at the Inter-American Development Bank [IDB], so he enjoyed of what is called extraterritoriality enjoyed by diplomats. The diplomat by definition, do not live in Haiti, it represented its country and enjoys of the extraterritoriality. While that the Haitians working in international organizations, NO, they do not have diplomatic status and do not enjoy extraterritoriality.

Now, we should see all the documents [of Dr. Conille] to know whether or not his case meets the requirements of section 157. I can only speak on this specific point, I heard the Vienna Conventions of 1962, the Vienna Conventions concerning the diplomatic and consular life, not the case of an employee of the United Nations or the Inter-American Bank or UNESCO who works for UNESCO for the Inter-American Bank, for the UN but does not represent Haiti. You see, it's the small difference. I heard also, that according to a United Nations resolution that I know, that when someone completing a sheet for his nomination, it is asked about its place of residence... Does he put Haiti with an address ? I do not know, we should see if he put Haiti and an address in Haiti and that this address is permanent. How we assess that a address is permanent ? By taxes rental (impôt locatif) id he's owns. If I have an address in Haiti, I have a house in Haiti, I pay a rental tax to the DGI each year, this is a proof. Therefore, we must see what are the documents that he will present, for now I can only intervene at the level of principle, namely that international civil servants, does not have the status of a diplomat, therefore it does not benefit from the extraterritorial [...]

...we can assume if not that he's [Dr. Conille] the choice of Mr. Clinton, that he has the approval of Mr. Clinton. What we can also say, is that this will pose a problem with the IHRC, [...] the Prime Minister of Haiti will also be an very close collaborator of Mr. Clinton... perhaps that he will be a Clinton bis [...] there are presumptions...

The fact that he made an international career, will not be for him a kind of legal or political incapacity, there are circumstances, the general context in which this appointment was made [that we must consider]..."

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