Chile, Argentina, And Brazil Propose That UN Troops Rebuild Haiti

By Dialogo
July 30, 2010



The defense ministers of Chile, Argentina, and Brazil proposed Wednesday that
the troops of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) – to which the three countries contribute forces –
participate in the reconstruction of that country, struck by an
earthquake.

For this purpose, Nilda Garré (Argentina), Nelson Jobim (Brazil), and Jaime
Ravinet (Chile) submitted to their respective foreign ministries a request that they
obtain from the United Nations “an expansion of MINUSTAH’s mandate in order that it
become involved in reconstruction work,” Minister Ravinet announced in
Santiago.

“The ministers propose immediately to expand the use of military engineering
units from the MINUSTAH countries so that they can
participate in reconstruction tasks in Haiti,” the Chilean Defense Ministry
specified in a statement.

Ravinet’s proposal was well received by the Chilean foreign
ministry.

“If we can take advantage of MINUSTAH forces so
that they can also collaborate in rebuilding, and not only in maintaining peace and
security, it seems to me that this is a more efficient way to continue moving
forward in this new stage,” the Chilean minister of foreign affairs, Alfredo Moreno,
said.

In the evaluation carried out by the military high commands of the three
countries, it was determined that, as a result of the 12 January earthquake in
Haiti, 230,000 people died, 300,000 were injured, and around 6,000 people lost
limbs.

“There is a precarious situation in infrastructure of all kinds, with 1.7
million Haitians homeless, and there are also serious difficulties in the
functioning of the country’s economy and social organization,” the Chilean Defense
Ministry said in a statement.



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