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No Rush for the Exits in Haiti for Brazil, Minustah

Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011

The multilateral South American organization UNASUR announced Friday that its members planned to begin pulling troops from the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti, known by its acronym Minustah. "There's consensus for a gradual withdrawal of troops, consistent with Haiti's needs," Brazilian Defense Minister Celso Amorim told the press after the body met in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Amorim's words carry weight. South America contributes the most peacekeepers to Minustah's 12,000-strong mission, and Brazil leads its forces. But while the announcement may seem to mark the beginning of Minustah's withdrawal, the mission is far from over. ...

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