U.S. to Sell Arms to Haiti Les États-Unis comptent vendre des armes à Haiti

Swat team of Haiti's National Police (PNH).


Editorial comment

One says the drug traffic has intensified, the other says it has slowed. One would think they’d get their stories straight. In any case, both agree that what Haiti needs is more weapons and militarized police, despite the country’s exceptionally low crime rate: one of the lowest in the Caribbean. This plan to furnish Haiti with weapons and train its “police” sounds awfully like a plan to build a “gendarmerie” loyal to the U.S., as was done during the first American occupation of the country.

Dady Chery, Editor
Haiti Chery

U.S. to Lift Its Embargo on Arms Sales to Haiti

By Staff (gp)
AlterPresse

English | French

Translated from the French by Dady Chery for Haiti Chery

Port-au-Prince — Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, William Brownfield, announced on December 1, 2011 that the United States government intends to lift the embargo on arms sales that it had imposed on Haiti in 1993 during the period of the military coup against former President Jean Bertrand Aristide.

“The United States is now open to the idea of providing weapons to the Haitian National Police,”

said the senior official at a joint press conference with the Director General of the Haitian police, Mario Andresol.

The U.S. is the leader, not only in arms sales worldwide, but also in sales to nations in the developing world.

This will be done “under the conditions established by the two governments,” he said, revealing that the U.S. has initiated “dialogue with the Government of Haiti” on the subject.

For Brownfield, the first step toward lifting the blockade is the establishment of a professional and well-trained police force.

“The Haitian police has reached this level,” he said.

The U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, who had just started a working visit to Haiti, claimed to have found “significant progress” in the police, which has in its ranks a “very professional staff.”

For his part, Mario Andresol submitted to the government the announcement of a five-year plan for the expansion of the police force from 10,000 to 16,000 members by 2016.

“The strengthening of the police is a key point… and we expect a lot from our partners, including the U.S.,” said Andresol.

The Director General believes that strengthening the police force is needed to enhance the fight against drug trafficking, which intensified in the country after the 2010 earthquake.

The most affected areas are the South, Northwest and Central regions, where, in addition to the traffic, there is a high level of consumption, according to Andrésol, who highlighted the danger that this poses to young people.

He added that the number of officers in the brigade for the fight against drug trafficking (BLTS) will soon grow from 200 to 300 agents.

United States Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield noted, for his part, that there was a slow down of drug traffic in the Caribbean, but he warned that the networks could again establish bases of operations.

Sources: Haiti Chery (English) | AlterPresse (French) | Featured image: SWAT team of the Police Nationale d’Haiti in 2014; cartoon by Andy Singer

Copyright © 2011-2014 by Dady Chery. All Rights Reserved

Editoriale

L’un dit que le trafic de drogue s’est intensifié, et l’autre dit qu’il a ralenti. Vous pensez qu’ils feraient les mêmes récits. Quoi qu’il en soit, les deux sont d’accord qu’Haïti a besoin d’encore plus de policiers et d’armes, en dépit de son taux assez faible de criminalité (un des plus bas de la région). Cela ressemble drôlement a un plan furtif par les Etats-Unis d’introduire une seconde gendarmerie d’occupation en Haïti.

Dady Chery, redactrice
Haiti Chery

Les États-Unis songent à lever leur embargo sur la vente d’armes à Haiti

Par le personel (gp)
AlterPresse

anglais | français

Port-au-Prince — Le Sous-secrétaire d’État américain [au Bureau des Narcotiques et Affaires Internationales], William Brownfield, a annoncé le premier décembre que le gouvernement des États-Unis a l’intention de lever le blocus sur la vente d’armes imposé à Haïti en 1993 au cours de la période du coup d’État militaire contre l’ancien président Jean Bertrand Aristide.

« Les États-Unis sont maintenant ouverts à l’idée de fournir des armes à la Police nationale haïtienne »,

déclare le haut fonctionnaire lors d’une conférence de presse conjointe avec le Directeur général de la police haïtienne, Mario Andrésol.

Cela se fera

« dans les conditions établies par les deux gouvernements »,

précise-t-il, en révélant que des États-Unis ont initié le

« dialogue avec le gouvernement d’Haïti »

sur le sujet.

Les Etats-Unis est le premier dans les ventes d’armes, non seulement au monde entier, mais aussi aux nations en développement.

Pour Brownfield, la première étape vers la levée du blocus est l’établissement d’une force de police professionnelle et bien entraînée.

« La police haïtienne a atteint ce niveau »,

souligne-t-il.

Le Secrétaire d’État adjoint américain, qui vient de débuter une visite de travail en Haïti, déclare avoir constaté « beaucoup de progrès » au niveau de la police, qui compte en ses rangs des « agents très professionnels ».

Pour sa part, Mario Andrésol annonce avoir soumis au gouvernement un plan quinquennal pour le développement de la police, qui la fera passer de 10 000 à 16 000 membres en 2016.

« Le renforcement de la police est un point essentiel (…) et nous attendons beaucoup de nos partenaires, notamment les États-Unis », poursuit Andrésol.

Le Directeur de la police estime que le renforcement de la police est nécessaire pour pouvoir accentuer le combat contre le trafic de la drogue, qui s’est intensifié dans le pays après le séisme de 2010.

Les régions les plus affectées sont le Sud, le Nord-Ouest et le Centre, où, à part le trafic, on enregistre une consommation importante, selon Andrésol, qui souligne le danger que cela représente pour les jeunes.

Il indique que le nombre d’agents de la Brigade de Lutte contre le Trafic de Stupéfiants (BLTS) doit bientôt passer de 200 à 300 agents.

Le Secrétaire d’État adjoint des États-Unis, William Brownfield, note, pour sa part, une baisse du trafic de la drogue dans les Caraïbes, mais avertit que les réseaux pourraient à nouveau y établir leurs bases d’opérations.

Origine: AlterPresse

U.S. Considers Lifting Its Embargo on Arms Sales to Haiti

By Staff (gp apr)
AlterPresse

English | French

The U.S. is the leader, not only in arms sales worldwide, but also in sales to nations in the developing world.

Editorial note. One says the drug traffic has intensified, the other says it has slowed. You’d think they’d get their stories straight. Anyway, both agree that what Haiti needs, despite its measurably low crime rate (one of the lowest in the region), is more police and more weapons. This looks awfully like a plan by the U.S. to introduce a stealth occupation army into Haiti. DC

Translated from the French by Dady Chery for Haiti Chery

Port-au-Prince — Assistant Secretary of State [for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs], William Brownfield, announced on December 1st that the U.S. government intends to lift the embargo on arms sales imposed on Haiti in 1993 during the period of the military coup against former President Jean Bertrand Aristide.

“The United States is now open to the idea of providing weapons to the Haitian National Police,”

said the senior official at a joint press conference with the Director General of the Haitian police, Mario Andresol.

This will be done

“under the conditions established by the two governments,”

he said, revealing that the U.S. initiated

“dialogue with the Government of Haiti”

on the subject.

For Brownfield, the first step toward lifting the blockade is the establishment of a professional and well-trained police force.

“The Haitian police has reached this level,” he said.

The U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, who had just started a working visit to Haiti, claimed to have found

“significant progress”

at the police, which has in its ranks a

“very professional staff.”

For his part, Mario Andresol submitted to the government the announcement of a five-year plan for the expansion of the police force from 10 000 to 16 000 members in 2016.

“The strengthening of the police is a key point… and we expect a lot from our partners, including the U.S.,” said Andresol.

The Director General believes that strengthening the police is needed to enhance the fight against drug trafficking, which intensified in the country after the 2010 earthquake.

The most affected areas are the South, Northwest and Central regions, where, in addition to the traffic, there was a high level of consumption, according Andrésol, highlighting the danger this poses to young people.

He added that the number of officers in the brigade for the fight against drug trafficking (BLTS) will soon grow from 200 to 300 agents.

The Assistant Secretary of State of the U.S., William Brownfield, noted, for his part, that there was a slow down of drug trafficking in the Caribbean, but he warned that the networks could again establish bases of operations.

 

Source: AlterPresse (French) | Haiti Chery (English)

 

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