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Chile to gradually withdraw UN military contingent from Haiti


11:13, December 21, 2011

SANTIAGO, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- Chilean Defense Minister Andres Allamand announced Tuesday that his country will gradually withdraw its United Nations (UN) military contingent from Haiti starting in 2012.

"We have proposed to the Latin American Defense Council that during 2012, we will begin to withdraw our troops in gradual, proportional and coordinated ways," Allamand said while presenting a report of his ministry's management in Palacio de La Moneda, the seat of President Sebastian Pinera.

About 500 Chilean military and police officers have been dispatched to Haiti since 2004, when the UN decided to intervene in the Caribbean country after a nationwide armed conflict that caused the fall of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

The current Chilean president, who took office in 2010, has promised to reduce the number of Chilean troops in Haiti.

But in May, the Chilean Senate approved the government's petition to extend the troops' presence in Haiti for another year, after consulting with other countries that also have military contingents there, like Argentina and Brazil.

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Carolyn at 2011-12-2270.36.178.*
Be real. In 2004 the United States organized an overthrow of the elected government of Haiti and kidnapped President Aristide. The U.S. military was replaced by UN forces to provide military backing to the coup government. UN troops fired on unarmed demonstrators calling for the return of the legitimate government. These are verifiable facts. Don"t say, " a nationwide armed conflict that caused the fall of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide". That is pure U.S. provided propaganda.

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