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OAS Sec-Gen Speaks on Haiti

Two weeks ago, the Organization of American States (OAS) said that the institutional crisis that Haiti is experiencing right now is a direct result of the actions taken by the country’s endogenous forces and by the international community. It added that the last 20 years of the international community’s presence in Haiti has amounted to one of the worst and clearest failures implemented and executed within the framework of any international cooperation. The OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro, who landed in Belize yesterday for a working visit was asked about the situation in the Caribbean country. 

Luis Almagro, Secretary General, OAS: “About Haiti, yes we have expressed our concerns that the international community has to have a different pattern of work with Haiti. We cannot keep working in the way that it has been done and I include the organisation even though it is that we have not played a significant role in bringing infrastructure or new possibilities to Haiti. But, we need to, we see that after 20 years we have institutions that are weak, very weak. We have democracy not working properly in Haiti and we have a government that of course *unclear* the legitimacy of being elected by the people and the security issue is definitely out of control so definitely the Haitians deserve much much better from the international community and from their political class. And I always say, ruling government is not so easy. Governing is very difficult. It’s very complicated so everyone that governs well deserves credit. Well Haitians, they deserve better government and better solutions for their people in the future.”

The Secretary-General was also asked if he believes that France should pay reparations. 

Luis Almagro, Secretary General, OAS: “You see, I have pronounced myself about that before. I think that our Afro-descendants in CARICOM deserve reparation. They have been extracted from their nations in Africa and brought here and they were left here living in the worst possible conditions. They took whatever *unclear* So afro-descendant people definitely should be repaired for the slavery was the worst crime against humanity that have ever existed.”