Haiti: Designated PM Talks Army
- Thursday, April 12, 2012 10:58 AM
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht/Le Nouvelliste) - When asked on Wednesday about the uniformed and armed civilians who claim to be former soldiers of the Armed Forces of Haiti (FADH), the designated prime minister, Laurent Lamothe, said it will be necessary that we learn to do things in order and discipline.
While wishing to open a dialogue to find a solution to the case, Lamothe, echoing the wishes of President Martelly, asked for the military men and women to lay down their arms, return to their homes and leave the spaces that they occupy to the National Police of Haiti.
Noting that he had not addressed the issue of restoration of the army with Cheryl Mills, the chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, visiting the country , and that discussions with the foreign policy official of the United States of America had focused only on developing the industrial park of Caracol, Laurent Lamothe believes that it is for Haitians to get it right.
"We have to forward the file in order and discipline. There is already a process that is initiated, several statements were made, we will work in the dialogue so that these people understand that there is a procedure if they want to get things done," said Lamothe on the air of Magik 9 on Wednesday morning.
Further, the designated prime minister, who spent the day before on the first of four stages of ratification, recalled that President Michel Martelly has supported the development of an armed force.
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"The president has stated formally and insisted several times to wish that all processes leading to the army that allow the institution to resume its rights under the best conditions. However, we note rallies, occupied areas arbitrarily, etc.. Things are not made â€‹â€‹in good order and discipline, as it should be ... ", believes the right hand of President Martelly.
"We want things done as it should be, it is also the wish of the President, this is the wish of several other sectors. It is necessary that they (the armed civilians claiming or demanding ex-FADH his recovery), returning them, appoint a commission to be able to discuss with the one the President has designated and which is composed of two Secretaries of State working on this issue."
"It is high time that this problem be solved so that the country can project a better image, so that we move towards the desired sustainable development," the Prime Minister believes.
"For the sustainable development, we need security, and to achieve security, is it that the National Police of Haiti, which is the only authorized strength for the present moment, is the only armed force to carry out its duties. The right to guarantee the security returns to the PNH and the PNH alone. By itself also returns the right to occupy the barracks or police stations: this is not a group of people claiming the former military to take such initiatives," said Laurent Lamothe.
The next prime minister opens, however, a window for dialogue and peaceful resolution of this case. "If these people want to express demands and accurate claims, they must make these demands, the claim for back wages, for example - so that their desires are analyzed and processed. I'm sure they will find the right answer to their query. The view of the president is clear: he had asked the demobilized to surrender their weapons. All this must be done in dialogue because they are our brothers and sisters, we can not enter into a logic of armed confrontation with them. We invite them to leave the spaces they occupy and thus facilitate dialogue to bring the country out of the doldrums where he finds himself," said Lamothe during this interview with Magik 9.
Wednesday late afternoon several pickups with armed civilians in uniform were seen in the streets of the metropolitan area. These tours are the result of travel in the provinces. To inspect the foundation, say the respondents involved in the press.