Chile's President Michelle Bachelet ends one day visit in Haiti

Posted by on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 Under: Diplomacy
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Chilean President Michelle Bachelet on Monday ended her one day visit in Haiti, following talks with the Haitian President, Jovenel Moise and officials of the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Haiti, just a couple weeks before Chile formally withdraws its military peacekeepers in the Caribbean country.

Michelle Bachelet, the first foreign head of State to visit Haiti since Jovenel Moise has taken office as President February 7th, met some of the 400 Chilean troops stationed in the northern city of Cap-Haitian.

Bachelet says that she believes that the Chilean troops have succeeded in their mission which began in 2004, and it was time for them now to leave. She would like them to start leaving by April 15.

The Chilean President's trip came weeks before an April 11 meeting at the United Nations to decide if the peacekeeping mission deployed in the country for the past 13 years is still needed; the U.N Secretary General, Antonio Guterres is recommending the U.N. peacekeeping mission as a whole wrap up with the departure of all 2,370 military personnel by Oct. 15. 

Even though Chile won't be involved in the country militarily, President Bachelet has reaffirmed her commitment to Haiti, in the areas such as education and the rule of law.

Bachelet also signed with the Haitian government an agreement in which Chile will recognize Haiti-issued high school degrees.

There are more than 40,000 Haitians currently living in Chile,many of whom have arrived from Haiti and Brazil in the last seven years. The degree recognition will allow Haitians to attend Chilean universities.

Bachelet also visited a Port-au-Prince school for girls rebuilt by Chile after Haiti's devastating 2010 earthquake.

From Haiti, President Bachelet departed for Geneva, Switzerland.

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