Brazil to Reduce Peace Troops in Haiti
By Dialogo February 01, 2013
Brazil will start to gradually reduce the number of military personnel sent to Haiti to be part of the peace forces three years after the earthquake that devastated the Caribbean nation, the Brazilian Ministry of Defense announced on January 30.
Presently, Brazil has 1,910 troops deployed, but this number will be reduced to 1,450 in June with the change of contingents, returning to the same number they had before the January 2010 earthquake that killed 250,000 people.
“We are just removing the Brabatt 2, the battalion focused on earthquake assistance,” General Carlos De Nardi, head of the Brazilian Forces’ Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in a press report.
The only battalion that will remain in Haiti will be under the command of Colonel Zenedir da Mota Fontoura, who will arrive on June 7.