[Translation of an article from Brecha of Montevideo, Uruguay, for December 28. See original here.]
The United Nations Security Council resolved and Uruguay approved the extension of MINUSTAH in the Caribbean country. The executive’s resolution, approved by the parliament, brought about discontent in the ranks of the frenteamplistas because, in addition to other factors, the law does not take into account the UNASUR decision to reduce the number of soldiers. The FA [Frente Amplio] is proposing to debate the country’s participation in peace missions next year as well as the overall role of the armed forces and possible accords with the United States.
The Chamber of Deputies yesterday gave final approval to the law that extends the presence of Uruguayan military forces in Haiti. The text submitted by the executive branch, which at the outset could count on unanimous approval by the Senate, says in its main paragraphs that, considering “the request by the Haitian government to extend the MINUSTAH mandate and United Nations Security Council resolution 2070, which calls for the extension, our country, as a promoter of peace and the strengthening of cooperation among countries, in accordance with international law, deems it appropriate to continue our participation in MINUSTAH.” So the Uruguayan contingent will stay in the Caribbean country for another year. And as has always happened in the eight years the troops have been in Haiti, the PE’s [the executive branch's] decision brought on debate within the Frente Amplio [the governing coalition of parties], although the different positions were accommodated through party discipline. (more…)