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New Brazilian Def Min Weighs Withdrawal of Peacekeepers in Haiti

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Wednesday, 10 August 2011 02:57

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - The new Brazilian Minister of Defense, Celso Amorim, is considering a withdrawal of peacekeepers from the United Nations Mission for Stabilization in Haiti (MINUSTAH).

Amorim, the former Foreign Minister made two visits to Haiti and believes that the Brazilian mission comes to an end with the strengthening of democracy and economic growth.

Former Defense Minister Nelson Jobim resigned after criticizing the government to reporters. Defense Minister Amorim took office last Monday.

The new Minister justified his decision with the slowdown of the Brazilian economy. "Internationally, it is time to withdrawal of military and economic terms, growth in Brazil ran out of steam," he insists.

In addition Amorim draws attention to improving the security climate in Haiti. "Even if the country is far from a haven of peace, he now has a president with the prospect that institutions find a normal," he says.

The many accusations in the media against the peacekeepers, accused of spreading cholera in Haiti, are also likely to cause a decline in confidence in the UN mission. A departure of Brazilian provide the largest contingent of the mission; arrived in Haiti in 2004.


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