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Brazilian Troops Will Leave Haiti until the End of 2016, Says Defence Minister
05/22/2015 - 15h12
Brazil's government will remove the troops engaged in Minustah, the United Nations peace mission in Haiti by the end of 2016.
Defence Minister, Jaques Wagner, said on Thursday (21), in a Senate hearing, that the UN has decided to remove completely the military serving in the Caribbean country, including those from other nationalities.
"Next year, the prediction is the total withdrawal of forces; not only from Brazil, but also the United Nations", said Wagner.
Brazil heads Minustah since its inception in 2004, after a popular revolt that brought down then-President Jean Bertrand Aristide. According to Wagner, there are currently 1,343 Brazilian military acting in the country.
The number will be reduced to 850 by the end of this year, before the total withdrawal. By June 2015, the Ministry of Defence expects to reduce to 970 the number of Brazilians in Haiti.
Soldiers from other countries, who work in other cities of Haiti, will leave before all Brazilian forces are removed in 2016.
Wagner said that Brazil's mission in Haiti completed ten years in 2014 and it has spent US$750 million (R$ 2.3 billion). The United Nations has reimbursed US$ 320 million (R$ 1 billion).
Translated by JULIANA CALDERARI