PORT-AU-PRINCE/BERLIN | | haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE/BERLIN (Own report) - Berlin is elaborating concepts for major western powers to take long-term control over Haiti. The German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) writes in a recent strategy paper, that the great powers are obviously pursuing the objective "of developing Haiti in accordance to their own priorities," but "the appropriate form" must "still be found". The SWP is examining four different versions, ranging from the establishment of a „development agency" in Haiti, to placing Haiti under UN control, a model, resembling the former Kosovo occupation administration. This model is generally being discussed "in cases of failing states", according to SWP. With the deployment of its Gendarmerie Force, the EU is emphasizing its claim on participating in having control over Haiti. The activities of European police and military units - including the deployment of German repressive forces - are therefore expanding in the Caribbean and in Latin American costal regions. These measures assure European presence in the US backyard, particularly in the close vicinity of recalcitrant countries like Venezuela and Cuba. more…