Seminar “The MINUSTAH and Brazil – Ten Years for Peace in Haiti”
By Dialogo June 10, 2014
During the International Day of Peacekeepers and to celebrate 10 years of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), the Brazilian Navy, through the General Command of the Marine Corps (CGCFN), in partnership with the United Nations (UN) and the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), held on May 30 at the Naval Warfare School (ESG), in Rio de Janeiro, the seminar "the MINUSTAH and Brazil-Ten years for peace in Haiti", in which military experts from the United Nations and the academic environment, throughout the day, had the opportunity to evaluate and present data about the major challenges faced jointly by MINUSTAH and Brazil since 2004 and the future prospects of the Brazilian peacekeeping operations, after the experience in Haiti.
The seminar’s opening speeches were performed by General Commander of the Navy, Admiral Julio Soares de Moura Neto, as well as by Admiral Fernando Antonio de Siqueira Ribeiro, Commander General of the Marine Corps, by Giancarlo Summa, Director of the United Nations Information Center for Brazil, and by Prof. Paulo Esteves, Director of the PUC-Rio International Affairs Institute. Prior to the debates, lectures by Paulo Cordeiro de Andrade Pinto, former Brazilian Ambassador in Haiti, current general political deputy secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Edmond Mulet, UN Deputy Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations.
In the morning, the debate "MINUSTAH and Brazil: the Big Challenges", was facilitated by Admiral (RM1-FN) Alvaro Augusto Dias Monteiro, Chairman of the Board of Director for the Center of Political and Strategic Studies of the Naval Warfare School, and the speakers were General R/1 Augusto Heleno Ribeiro Pereira, 1st "Force Commander" of MINUSTAH; Rear Admiral Paul Martino Zuccaro, Commander of the Amphibious Division of the Marine Corps and Logistics Officer of the 1st Canadian Contingent in Haiti; Rubem César Fernandes, Executive Director of the VIVA RIO NGO.
The second debate, "Brazil and Peace Operations after MINUSTAH: Critical Vision and Perspectives", was held in the afternoon and the moderator was Prof. Kai Kendel (PUC-Rio), Coordinator of the PUC-Rio Graduate Institute of International Affairs. The speakers were Lieutenant General Carlos Alberto Santos Cruz, former Force Commander of MINUSTAH and current Force Commander of MONUSCO (Congo); Vice Admiral Wagner Lopes de Moraes Zamith, former Commander of the UNIFIL Maritime Task Force; Professor Rut Diamint, from the Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Argentina; and Professor Antonio Jorge Ramalho, Director of the Institute Pandiá Calógeras-MD.
For Edmond Mulet, the Brazilian military has made a difference in those ten years of peace for Haiti: "I can strongly state that the Brazilian troops act with professionalism, quality, and an exceptional level of admirable commitment. Having served twice as Chief of Mission in Haiti, I witnessed this work, and I can say that your performance makes a big difference. And knowing that eventually the MINUSTAH will begin to be reduced and eventually end, the UN is trying to encourage Brazil to look beyond Haiti, and analyze other possibilities in other parts of the world. On behalf of the Department of Operations of Peacekeeping Missions, I can say that the United Nations needs Brazil. I hope that the Brazilian political and military leaders consider such acts beyond Haiti, to contribute in bringing peace and stability to other places. "