Brazilian Envoy Ricardo Seitenfus, MINUSTAH's presence in Haiti Illegal

Organization of American States (OAS) in Haiti Special Representative, Ricardo Seitenfus, is angry with UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti's (MINUSTAH) accusations against him. In 2010 he said MINUSTAH charged him with coercing the mission into its 6-year presence in Haiti. Not true responds Seitenfus and points to the Haitian constitution as invalidating the presence of MINUSTAH. Also the treaties Haiti has signed with the international community further invalidates MINUSTAH's presence on the ground. Seitenfus further clarifies that because MINUSTAH has no business being in Haiti the diplomatic immunity it has granted itself is also illegal.


Seitenfus has also gone on the attack with Haitian friends groups. He claims they have repeatedly made the same mistakes trying to handle political upheavals on the island. Seitenfus decries the amount of spending the MINUSTAH operation has racked up, almost $8.6 billion. Seitenfus, who once was Brazil's special envoy to Haiti, became tapped to represent the OAS due to his expertise in international relations, and in Brazilian / Haitian foreign policy.

At the beginning of 2015 with ongoing demonstrations demanding President Martelly resign, his government has formally appealed to the UN mission to remain in Haiti and increase its presence to keep the public peace while delayed elections are being organized. This move of the Haitian government is not setting well with Seitenfus, who has declared at Quisqueya University's round table discussion on elections that "the United Nations presence in Haiti is illegal"

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