Haiti panel recommends restoring army

AP News
Posted: Jan 01, 2012 6:54 PM
Haiti panel recommends restoring army

A press liaison for Haitian President Michel Martelly says a presidential commission is urging the leader to restore the nation's disbanded army.

Vladimir Laguerre of the National Palace says the recommendation for the force came in a report.

Martelly was expected to restore the army through a decree in November but instead said he would form a panel to study the issue.

The restoration of the armed forces was one of Martelly's campaign goals but has met opposition from Western diplomats who say money would be better spent on the understaffed police force.

The army was disbanded in 1995 because of its history of abuse.

Martelly made the announcement Sunday in the coastal city of Gonaives. He traveled there to celebrate Haiti's Independence Day.