Haiti: Senator W. Lambert Does Not Recommend Officials over 65

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Sunday, 18 March 2012 06:34

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Senator Wencesclas Lambert (Sud-Est/Inite) openly supports youth over experience in Haitian diplomacy most recently hesitating to support nominee for Ambassador of Haiti to Panama, Alix Balmir, aged 79. Lambert sets his limit at 65 for public office.

The President of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Wencesclas Lambert, promotes rejuvenation in Haitian diplomacy, following ratification by the Great Body of the choice of six new ambassadors and consul generals appointed by the executive.

"These appointments come as a breath of fresh air in Haitian diplomacy" welcomed Senator Lambert Wencesclas. For over ten years, he said, Parliament has not ratified the selection of ambassadors or consul generals because of the choices of the various governments of gerontocracy.

"This is a smart choice to integrate qualified youth diplomacy in Haiti to take over," said Senator Lambert.

The President, according to that revealed the parliamentarian, has agreed on the need to reconsider the choice of a diplomat, Alix Balmir, to represent the interests of Haiti in Panama, because of his advanced age.

The president has formally asked the Senate to defer consideration of the record of Alix Balmir, reported Wencesclas Lambert in a telephone interview with the newspaper.

"Mr. Balmir is 79 years old, then it is not recommended to hire a person of 65 years in public service," said the chairman of the Standing Committee of the Senate Foreign Affairs, while recognizing the great experience of the person in Haitian diplomacy.

The executive said the parliamentarian, has not yet proposed a new name after that of Balmir. "We simply asked the Senate to postpone the review of the case," said the Senator.

Father of the Minister-resigned of Tourism, Stephanie Balmir Vildrouin, Alix Balmir dragging behind him nearly forty year career in diplomacy in Haiti.

President Michel Martelly officially, earlier this week, made ​​choice of John Wesley Cazeau as permanent representative of Haiti to the United Nations in New York.

"The ambassador Cazeau was confirmed by the Head of State in a letter addressed to the office of the Senate," said the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee. Several other choices of ambassadors and consuls general who would have been made ​​by the Foreign Minister have not yet been formalized by the Presidency.

"This is the case of Guy Lamothe approached the Embassy of Haiti in Mexico," said Senator Lambert. The Chancery suggested names, but the head of state who must announce the appointments, said the MP.

The Senate approved on Wednesday the choice of three ambassadors and consuls general of three designated for two months by the executive to defend the interests of Haiti to the United States, Canada and Venezuela.

The favorable choices of Paul Altidor, Frantz Liautaud and David Lesly presented by the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Grand Body was well received by the Assembly. These diplomats will respectively present their credentials to U.S., Canadian and Venezuelan before taking seat in Washington, Ottawa and Caracas.

The Senate also confirmed at the same plenary meeting, the appointment of three consuls general, namely Charles Antoine Forbin in New York, Miami and Guillaume François Viard Justin in Montreal.

One of those concerned, Frantz Liautaud, attended the ratification meeting on the six ambassadors and consuls general appointed by the presidency. Former president of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce-Haitian, Mr. Liautaud says he is ready to materialize the concept of business diplomacy advocated by President Martelly and Chancellor Lawrence Lamothe - poised to succeed the outgoing Prime Minister, Garry Conille.

Frantz Liautaud said is also motivated by the presentation at the earliest of his credentials to get to work.

Criteria analysis An ambassador or consul general appointed by the Executive to represent the interests of Haiti in any country are obliged to submit their residence card, if they have one, if they want to get approval the Senate, said Senator Wencesclas Lambert asked about the criteria for analysis of the commission he heads. If the person holds a foreign passport, he said, his choice is rejected de facto. In the process of ratification of an ambassador, said Senator Lambert, the Foreign Ministry recommends the name of the frame Head of State who has the prerogative to confirm the choice in the office of the Senate for ratification. The office of Grand Corps, in turn, forwards the case to the Foreign Affairs Committee, which analyzes the file and asks the diplomat appointed before submitting its report in Parliament. Approval in the case of an ambassador and an exequatur for a consul general of the host country is required from the list of documents to be filed in the Senate. The majority of senators decided the fate of the candidate according to the report submitted by the Foreign Affairs Committee.
Source: Le Nouvelliste