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    Default The "other side" of the island

    Original posted here on my blog.

    Here’s a reminder for those of us who live on the Dominican side of the island. Haiti, a failed state if there ever was one, will likely have its UN peacekeeping mandate extended. Interestingly, there don’t seem to be any major plans for development. From the AP:



    "A draft resolution circulated Wednesday would extend the mandate while keeping the number of troops at 7,060 and police at 2,091. It also lends support for a high-level donor conference for Haiti and “strongly condemns the grave violations against children affected by armed violence, as well as widespread rape and other sexual abuse of girls.”

    U.N. Special Representative Hedi Annabi, who heads the four-year-old mission, told the council that though Haiti was seriously set back by riots over soaring food prices and devastating hurricanes this year, he was convinced Haiti can overcome its problems with help.

    While Haitian President Rene Preval has called on the force for more than two years to provide long-term assistance with “fewer tanks and more tractors,” Annabi said he would not request a shift to development work this year because it is not the council’s mission.

    “I’m not going to ask for something that will never happen,” Annabi told The Associated Press as he entered the council chamber.

    “We try on the margins of the mandate to do what we can, to do simple things for people to meet emergency needs … but we don’t have a development mandate and never will,” Annabi said.

    The Haitian situation has a direct impact on the Dominican Republic. Currently there are about 1 million illegal Haitians living in the DR and that number continues to grow."

    The Haitian situation has a direct impact on the Dominican Republic. Currently there are about 1 million illegal Haitians living in the DR and that number continues to grow.

    RHM

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    Sad, isn't it?? But the Haitians really only have themselves to blame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RHM View Post
    Haiti, a failed state if there ever was one, will likely have its UN peacekeeping mandate extended.
    WHAT GREAT NEWS (insert sarcasm here)!
    Encouraging their dependance on the world a little more...what a super solution!

    Hopefully Ban Ki-Moon's UN career will be as long lived as Boutros Boutros-Ghali's.

    Montreal,
    A UN skeptic

    BTW, RHM the above comments are not aimed at you, thanks for the post and the links.

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