Spanish marines arrive in Haiti
28 October 2004, CAP-AP-HAITIEN - Two-hundred Spanish marines assigned to UN peacekeeping duties in Haiti were arriving Thursday.
28 October 2004
CAP-AP-HAITIEN - Two-hundred Spanish marines assigned to UN peacekeeping duties in Haiti were arriving Thursday.
Sgt Benito Pavon told EFE news agency that eight marines who arrived on Wednesday will sleep in tents at the port and that their objective is to isolate the docking area and prepare for their contingent's arrival.
The marines, who left from Rota naval base in southern Spain on 15 October, will be deployed in the towns of Fort Liberte and Ouanaminthe along Haiti's border with the Dominican Republic.
Two navy helicopters from the vessel landed Wednesday in the Cap-Haitien airport to transport to the ship Spanish Ambassador Paulino Gonzalez and Maj Juan Martinez Morello, the liaison between the Spanish government and the UN peacekeeping forces.
Aboard the vessel, the ambassador was received with full honours from the marines in formation and listened to them sing the Spanish national anthem.
Spanish navy Lt. Eva Ara, who piloted one of the helicopters, told EFE that on Tuesday the group performed surveillance of Fort Liberte.
At the Cap-Haitien airport, Gonzalez said he was "greatly moved" by the Spanish troops' arrival in Haiti.
The envoy said the vessel was scheduled to dock in Cap-Haitien on Thursday and will be welcomed with a ceremony held by Spanish authorities and Minustah, the UN mission for stabilization in Haiti, which is said to have nearly 7,000 soldiers from various nations under the command of a Brazilian general.
A Moroccan contingent, which is scheduled to arrive next Sunday, will join the peacekeeping troops in Haiti under Spanish command.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news