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Brazil’s Lula Appeals for Haiti and Africa in Paris

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva appealed to the international community to help in the process of rebuilding Haiti.

Lula was addressing an audience of students and faculty members at the University of the Sorbonne in Paris. According to the President, the Haitian population must be provided a basis for renewed hope.

Six thousand troops, under Brazilian command, compose the United Nations peace force in Haiti. The International Fund for the Reconstruction of Haiti was set up in July of last year, and it was estimated that US$ 1 billion would be collected from donor countries, but the money has yet to reach Haiti.

Lula also asked for attention to be given to the African continent. “It is time for all of us to make a sacrifice to give Africa a chance to develop,” he said.

The President also called for the reform of the UN. “Being democratic means believing that everyone has the right to be an actor. And the arguments of the strongest are not always the strongest arguments.”

Germany, Brazil, India, and Japan, which comprise the so-called G-4, propose the creation of six more permanent seats on the UN Security Council: two of them to be filled by African countries (still unspecified) and the remainder by the members of the G-4.

The group also suggests raising the number of temporary seats from 10 to 14 and wants more egalitarian representation, including developed and developing countries.

ABr – www.radiobras.gov.br


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    real issues
    Instead of addressing an audience of students and faculty members at the University of the Sorbonne in Paris, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silvashould be addresing the population of Haition on what kind of infracstucture has been delivered to the Haitian population after three years of occupation by the United Nations Forces under Brazilian command ?
    We all know that the real needs of that country is economical and widespred corruption.
    I am sure with about 1 million Haitian American living in the United States that if any viable program was offered, they will find ten of thousand of Haitian American qualified in almost any field, willing to go back to help in the rebuilding of Haiti.
    As for me, I am simple Haitian American thinking everyday about how I can help in the country I was born. I am very versed and studied renewable energy and have the know how on developping such technology in Haiti but do not have the means and the stucture.
    I could not find any call or programs by the United Nations asking for volunteers or any job offering toward any development program for Haiti.
    I beleive that countries like Haiti in central America and the Caraibes, if not helped will become a threat to all the other nations in the American continents because a breeding geound for all kind of illegal activities that will be exported to countries like the U.S, Brazil, Canada, etc.


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    Haiti needs much help. We have so much and they have so lilttle.

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