Canada questions Haitian gov't plans for new army

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Posted: Nov 15, 2011 4:56 PM
Canada questions Haitian gov't plans for new army

The Canadian government is raising questions about the Haitian president's plans to restore his country's disbanded army.

Canadian Minister of State of Foreign Affairs John Babcock tells The Associated Press that Haiti has the sovereign right to create a new security force. But he says that doing so will drain resources from more important resources such as strengthening the police force.

Babcock said Tuesday that Canada will not provide any money for the new army.

Haitian President Michel Martelly has said he will issue a decree creating a new military on Friday. That would fulfill a campaign pledge that had made many nervous because of the history of human rights abuses and coups involving the country's military.