Haitian Senate Calls for Withdrawal of U.N. Troops by October 2012

By Staff
HPN

French | English

Translated from the French by Dady Chery for Haiti Chery

Introduction. The following two articles describe a recent Resolution by Haitian parliamentarians to withdraw the United Nations troops from the country. The Haitian Senate unanimously approved a resolution calling for MINUSTAH’s departure by October 2012, but this resolution was non binding on the executive. Senate Chair Jean Rodolphe Joazile wishes to form a tripartite commission made up of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government to work with representatives of the U.N. Secretary General on a withdrawal timetable. Meanwhile, in an address to the U.N. General Assembly, Martelly said that removing the “peacekeepers” would be dangerous despite their “unacceptable behavior.” Sectors of Haitian society warn that if Martelly continues to focus on his immediate interests and need to repress popular uprisings, the situation could deteriorate.

Dady Chery, Editor
Haiti Chery

Withdrawal of U.N. Peacekeepers on Agenda for Discussion Between Haitian Senators and Club of Madrid Delegation

HPN (French)

Translated from the French by Dady Chery for Haiti Chery

Port-au-Prince, September 27, 2011 – Withdrawal of the United Nations peacekeepers from Haiti was the focus of a meeting on Tuesday between Haiti’s Senate, House of Representatives and a Club of Madrid of Madrid Delegation that arrived the day before in Haiti for a four-day visit.

Senate Chair Jean Rodolphe Joazile said his colleagues asked the delegation to help them obtain MINUSTAH’s departure by October 2012 through advocacy with their respective governments.

He reiterated that this departure should be organized, gradual, orderly, and final. Mr. Joazile said:

“We informed them that a resolution to this effect was recently adopted by the Senate.”

The president of the Senate also said that they discussed the case of the cholera that peacekeepers are accused of having introduced into Haiti, as confirmed by several studies by international experts, as well as the issue of sexual abuse and violence.

For all this, he said, it is necessary that reparations be made to the country. However, the remedy need not necessarily be financial, said the Senator Joazile, adding that the U.N. has a duty to help the country fight the epidemic.

Jean Rodolphe Joazile stressed that this meeting was also meant to provide an update on the operation of Parliament and its relations with other branches of power and institutions of Haitian civil society.

One delegation member, Cassam Uteen, former President of Mauritius, said to take note of the requests from Haiti’s Parliament for improvements to the performance of the Senate, and he confirmed that there would be a follow up.

Mr. Uteen said that this visit is being spent principally on efforts to strengthen democracy in Haiti.

 

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Haitian Senate Chair Calls for a Tripartite Commission to Work with U.N. on timetable for MINUSTAH withdrawal

HPN (French)

Translated from the French by Dady Chery for Haiti Chery

Port-au-Prince, September 26, 2011 – Haitian Senate Chair Jean Rodolphe Joazile favors the formation of a tripartite commission (executive, legislative, and judicial) to work with representatives of the United Nations Secretary General on a timetable for MINUSTAH’s withdrawal.

The Senator from the North-East Department announced that he will propose this at the next session meeting of the Senate, which he will chair. He said:

“It is no secret that the Haitian people want the departure of the U.N. peacekeepers.”

He expressed the hope that other authorities will also endorse this proposal.

Mr. Joazile says he favors an orderly process. He estimates that a departure in 12 months would not be premature, considering that this time is more than sufficient to train police officers and/or to incorporate a new military force for national defense.

The Senate Chair rejected the argument that the departure of the U.N. peacekeepers would augment a risk of instability in the country, saying that the period of coups is over, and it would be “foolish to think we could return to this barbaric past.”

The Senate last week adopted two resolutions recommending non-renewal of MINUSTAH’s mandate in October 2012 and reparations for the harm caused by its agents to the country.

The Chair informed the Senate that the head of the state will soon be formally notified. While recognizing that the resolution was not binding, he said that the outcry against MINUSTAH must signal to those who have been forewarned that they must immediately begin to think about withdrawing this mission.

The position of President Martelly on the departure of U.N. peacekeepers implicated in sex scandals and the cholera epidemic has provoked strong reactions from various sectors of civil society.

Political scientist Mozar Deronett fears there will be a conflict between the Haitian youth and the power in place if Mr. Martelly continues to ignore calls from various sectors demanding the withdrawal of the U.N. peacekeepers.

The professor noted that the situation could deteriorate in the remainder of the term of Martelly who is reluctant to accept the departure of the UN mission “because of his immediate interests.” He indicates that this position reflects the need for those in power to wield a coercive hand to repress a population uprising.

The analyst noted the discrepancy between the position expressed by Martelly at the 66th Session of the U.N. General Assembly and the position taken by Haiti’s youth.

This is the same for many other countries whose leaders cling to the status quo and remain reluctant to make the changes demanded by their people, he stressed.

In his address at the U.N., Mr. Martelly declared himself to be against an immediate withdrawal of MINUSTAH, arguing that it would be irresponsible and dangerous to let this force go without an alternative, although he said he recognized that unacceptable behavior had stained the mission’s prestige.

Five Uruguayan soldiers are implicated in the rape of a teenage boy in June in the town of Port-Salut (south). Since then, there have been numerous protests against the presence of peacekeepers.

“We will not stop so long as the U.N. soldiers remain in our country”, said the organizers of a protest last Friday, who conclude that MINUSTAH has failed in all its objectives.

 

Sources: Haitian Press Network (French) / Haiti Chery (English)

© Copyright 2011. This material is available for republication as long as reprints include verbatim copy of the article in its entirety, respecting its integrity. Reprints of the English translation must cite the author, Dady Chery and Haiti Chery, and include a “live link” to the article.

 

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