As the February 7 date for general elections in Haiti approaches, various preelection situation reports are being prepared. The six-nation group that has assumed responsibility for stabilizing the country, Brazil, Argentina, the United States, Canada, Chile and France will send an evaluation team this Sunday.

    And Brazil will send its own, consisting of José Eduardo Martins Felí­cio, a diplomat, and professor Ricardo Seitenfus, an expert in International Relations.

    According to Seitenfus, Haiti has to be rebuilt from the ground up. "It is one of the world’s poorest nations and a regular succession of crises and problems just makes it poorer year by year. This perverse cycle must be broken. What Haiti needs is social and political peace, and a legitimate government," he says.

    The professor goes on to emphasis that Haiti is going to need long-term assistance, especially from Brazil and other Latin American countries.

    "After the election the international community must realize that the new government will need a helping hand with infrastructure, from telecommunications to urban garbage collection."

    UN Councils

    Brazil and the United Nations have signed a memorandum of understanding that will result in the creation of Economic and Social Development Councils (CDE) throughout Latin America based on the Brazilian experience with such councils over the last three years.

    The UN calls the CDEs "A new democratic institution for promoting dialogue and participatory governance…" According to Fernando Schimidt, a special aide for international relations at the Palácio do Planalto, the presidential office in Brazilian capital Brasí­lia, the memorandum is recognition by the UN of the efficiency of the Brazilian CDEs.

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      Apologies for errors but the letters in the comments box seem quite small. Anyway i hope you can understand the points i have raised.

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      Now at last it seems like someone is talking sense for a change and why were these ideas not thought about before so that many lives would not have been lost?

      This Professor has emphasised that Haiti is going to need long-term assistance especially from Brazil and other Latin American countries and to a certain extent i do agree with him.

      Nevetheless lets not forget that, only this week, the Haiti Government released information to the World Media to say that Colombians are in Haiti causing chaos in its country and is responsible for many of the recent kidnappings – ransoms of high profile families, drug trafficking and is also responsible for polital instability?

      Maybe Brazil should be involved and other Latin American countries, but to involve Colombians would be like putting salt in wounds which are raw and still open.

      Why does it appear that wherever Colombians go they leave this trail of untold misary and destruction as they do not seem to be happy people at all?

      Colombia is a rich country that has large amounts of natural resources and if this was untilized correctly could easiy develop its country and feed its people but has somehow choosen to produce HUGE amounts of drugs (cocaine) which is causing so much instability in the world. I do not understand this kind of thinking and neither do i want to because i don’t want to get into this warped kind of logic.

      At least this professor is thinking in the right direction and is a breath of fresh air as it is nice to come across people who strive for positive changes simply for the good of mankind.

      This just goes to show that if Brazilians put thier Brains together constructively, they could easily turn things around and resolve these social unjustices?

      Thanks Professorfor giving sound practical sense….

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