United Nations soldiers from
Argentina, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, France, Guatemala, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Nepal, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, United States, and Uruguay
are in Haiti to support a military occupation that followed a United States-France-Canada 2004 coup against democratically elected president Jean-Bertrand Aristide. This coup was motivated mainly by a greed for gold, fertile lands, and sweatshop labor for US $3 per day.
UNASUR’s membership consists of:
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
Why does any Latin American country assist this sordid occupation? Could the foreign exchange to be extracted from such a practice, or the militarized police, ever be a public good for countries that hope not to see a return to dictatorship?
How can anyone reasonably argue for stability in Haiti while the country is the midst of a cholera epidemic, its parliament is incomplete, and its president and prime minister come from elections that excluded 80 percent of the electorate?
So far, the withdrawal of Latin American troops from Haiti has looked more like a plan for the gradual replacement of such troops with Asian and African troops from countries like Bangladesh and Rwanda, but a total and immediate withdrawal is called for.
Haiti needs freedom from predation much more urgently than it needs aid.
Dady Chery, Editor
UNASUR Defense Council Studies Haiti Situation
By Staff (sgl/emw/mgt/jrr)
Asuncion, Paraguay — The South American Defense Council of UNASUR (Union of South American Nations) addressed today in Asuncion, Paraguay, the situation of cooperation with Haiti and the Fiscal Defense Expenses.
The debates with defense ministers, vice ministers and top brass of Venezuela, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, Paraguay and Suriname termed positive the aid to Haiti and convenience of a timetable for South America’s gradual military withdrawal from the MINUSTAH without neglecting aid to the Caribbean nation.
At the opening, General Catalino Roy Ortiz, Defense Minister of Paraguay, stressed the terms for the final withdrawal from Haiti will be based on the existing safe environment and lauded the aid to the government and people of Haiti to guarantee safety and stability, and he underlined the Cooperation Council efforts among the members of the UNASUR in the field of defense.
The Center of Strategic Studies submitted the Expense Registry Report, which some guests defined as a gesture of transparence and expression of the new defense policy.
The UNASUR will host an extraordinary session Monday in Bogota to welcome Venezuela officially as Secretary General of the organization.
Source: Prensa Latina
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