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Haiti - Security : Reactions around the new national force
20/11/2011 09:50:45

Haiti - Security : Reactions around the new national force
The President Michel Martelly announced Friday the formation of a Civil Commission [which the deceee will be published on November 21], the latter will have to discuss with the various forces of the Nation, to define an agenda and develop a doctrine in the context of the operationalization of the new National Defence Force. This Commission will have to submit its report to the Government on January 12, 2012.

The historian, George Michel, convinced militarist, known for his nationalism and Adviser to the Minister of Defense on this issue, has done in his first comments after the speech of the Head of State.

"...President Martelly said everything that needs to be said. He said that the return of armed forces was a campaign promise, that he committed to achieve and he will do it, that's what he said in substance. There is nothing new under the sun, since the army is a constitutional institution, which is not up, which is not organized. He will organize it, it is essentially what he said, but he will take his time to do something of good and we can not do the things haphazardly [...] that's what the President said Friday. There are people, unfortunately, who until November 17 wanted to do the things, haphazardly and the President told them in clear terms, that he would not accept that.

...I'm still Adviser to the Minister of Defence on the issue, but this is not the fact that I am Advisor, that I will be a member of the next Commission, [...] I'm still on the case, but with a different title and other functions...

...listen I've been a member of two commissions, one under Mr. Latortue, the other under Mr. Préval and I think it's a big job. What I believe that the Commission can do in the next 40 days, it's to sends a preliminary report to the President. But the charges that will be entrusted to this Commission, the tasks that will be assigned to it, I think that it's very difficult to fix everything in 40 days and the President will be obliged to grant the Commission additional time [...] because the work of the Commission will not be finished, I do not think, I do not see how.

...it is absolutely necessary for this country to have its military force, I think everyone agrees, except a small handful of people of bad faith [...] but where the problem arises is what kind of military force? What will be done, how, when ? And also what we will have do to avoid the excesses of the past. All these issues must be addressed before going forward and I think that it will be a part of the work of the Commission that the President Martelly is preparing to appoint in the coming days"

Victor Benoît [former President of the Fusion], does not hide his indignation before the occupation of the territory by a foreign force "The independence of Haiti, after the battle of Vertières, is only virtual today with the virtual presence of foreign troops." While recognizing the constitutionality of the military in Haiti, he believes that this is not a priority.

Instead, the Senator Youri Latortue, welcomes the announcement by the Head of State of the establishment of the Civil Commission. He hopes that the withdrawal of UN forces is done, progressively to the strengthening to teh police and the presence of the Haitian army in the regions, recognizing that it is the role of the Commission to make recommendations in this regard.

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