Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 Under: Politic
Monday, the Uruguayan Parliament took a vote to determine the faith of its troops in Haiti as part of the United Nations peace keeping mission, known by its french acronym MINUSTAH.
After the much anticipated vote, where the entire Uruguayan Senate Chamber has voted on the new measures drafted to reduce and ultimately leave Haiti; the parliament announced that Uruguay will keep its troops in Haiti until February 2015, while withdrawing 60% of its effective during the rest of the year.
As of right now there are 605 Uruguayan soldiers in the MINUSTAH, under the new plan, this number will be reduced to 250.
Uruguay is the latest country to adopt measures to withdraw from the UN peace keeping mission operating in Haiti since February 2004, following the overthrow of Jean Bertrand Aristide.
Many of the countries that contribute soldiers to the mission have been making plan to reduce and ultimately completely withdraw from Haiti, as supports for this peace keeping missions are extremely low, not just in Haiti, but in other Latin American countries, such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile and others, where the populations are calling on their own government to leave, because they say Haiti is not a country at war, neither with itself nor a foreign nation.
"Haiti does not need a peace keeping mission force, what Haiti have always needed following the earthquake was an army of engineers to help with the rebuilding process."
The government of Haiti, anticipating an eventual withdrawal of the UN troops, has been increasing the Haitian police to fill the gap, with plans to raise the force to nearly 20.000 officers by 2015, from just a little over 11.000 right now.