Haiti: Defense Minister Did Not Meet with Former Military

CAP-HAITIEN, Haiti (defend.ht) - The Minister of the Interior, Thierry Mayard-Paul left Cap-Haitien on Friday without meeting with former military who had taken up position in the North since Monday.

Mayard-Paul was in the great northern city of Cap-Haitien with Helen Clark, United Nations Development Program Coordinator to set in action a "Seismic Risk Reduction Plan for Northern Haiti."

A demonstration of support for the demobilized soldiers was held by some citizens in the North during the visit of the minister, according to Le Matin.

Minister Mayard-Paul left clear demands in the press for former soldiers to dislodge from public building and barracks but has not yet met with those who served Haiti in its Armed Forces since they began remobilizing in the fall of 2011.

The minister has asked that young people that have taken to training for these forces seek to apply for positions in law enforcement, civil protection and immigration services.

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