On April 21, the Bolivian Congress authorized sending 205 Military personnel to Haiti on a peace mission that will last six months.
“By more than two-thirds of votes cast, the authorization of the departure from the national territory of Military personnel from the ‘Bolivia X’ Mechanized Infantry Company to the Republic of Haiti has been approved,” Vice President Alvaro García Linera, the president of Congress, indicated.
“The company will conduct peace-keeping operations, security tasks that are established in the United Nations Charter, including patrols, escort, and protecting the facilities of the United Nations Mission in the Republic of Haiti,” a legislative press release specified.
In 1997, Bolivia signed a memorandum of understanding with the UN that allows it to participate in peace-keeping operations around the world.
Bolivian ‘blue helmets’ have previously participated in missions in Haiti and Congo.