Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Ecuador, Brazil to help set up Haiti new military

Brazil and Ecuador have agreed to help Haiti set up a new army that will eventually
replace the U.N. peacekeeping force that has protected the impoverished Caribbean nation on and off since 1994, officials say.

Haiti's President Michel Martelly has been pushing the idea of reconstituting the army for almost a year, saying Haitians would prefer to have their country protected by its own troops
rather than United Nations soldiers deployed in Haiti.

Brazil's Defense Ministry confirmed it was prepared to help Haiti in everything it needs to restore its army, including military training and engineering. Ecuador has also pledged its
support, a defense ministry official said.

"Brazil will give all its know-how to help Haiti rebuild its army," a defense ministry spokesperson told Reuters.
Asian Defence News

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