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Haiti government to compensate former military

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Thursday, 26 April 2012 01:54

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht)-The Haitian government on Wednesday began to register hundreds of veterans so they can receive pensions and back pay but the effort fell short of trying to remove an armed rogue force from several old bases as its leaders clamor for the return of a military.

Former members of the Armed Forces of Haiti on Wednesday responded to the summons of the Minister of the Interior. However, the military who came from 10 departments have expressed dissatisfaction with the compensation process. In addition to compensation, the military demanded compensation and remobilization of FAD'H.

Several hundred men in civilian clothes were given appointments at the old location of the Academie de Freres. The Interior Minister Thierry Mayard-Paul said a budget of around 106 million gourdes were available for this operation.

Discontent prevailed among the former soldiers who described the process of masquerade. The group includes an estimated 3,500 former soldiers and followers too young to have served in the military that was abolished in 1995 because of its abusive past. Some of them operate from an army barracks in the district of Carrefour just outside Haiti's capital.