France Promises Aid for New ‘Haitian’ Army


By special correspondent L. Joseph Olivier
HPN | Haiti Chery

English | French

Translated from the French by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery

France responded favorably on Tuesday [Jan 24, 2012] to a request from the Haitian government for aid in creating a new armed force [Forces Armées d'Haiti, Fad'H], following the invitation of a Haitian delegation to Paris from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

It was French Foreign Affairs Minister Alain Juppé himself who made this statement after meeting with Haitian Foreign Affairs Minister Mr. Laurent Lamothe at the Quai d’Orsay.

“France has responded positively, we are ready to assist Haiti, particularly in terms of training for the security force,”

Mr. Juppe said during a press briefing held jointly with Mr. Lamothe:

“Haiti wants to take control of its security services, the UN force will not be in Haiti forever, and so we look to our partners for a guarantee of public assistance for the design and formation of a new force,”

said Mr. Lamothe.

According to explanations from the two ministers, this force would be charged especially with border control, to reduce smuggling, which is a great evil for the Haitian economy.

Since coming to power, President Michel Martelly has always expressed his desire to create a new force. Several friends of Haiti have expressed their opposition to this project.
Paris / France, Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012

Sources: HPN (French) | Haiti Chery (English)

- Haitian Declaration of Independence, January 1, 1804 (English | French)
Full Text of the Open Letter from Oscar Arias Sanchez to Michel Martelly (English | Spanish)
Harvest of Hope: Kevin Pina Documentary on Haitian Army, With Review by Dady Chery (English | French | Creole)


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