Update of events in Haiti

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Update of events in Haiti communication from the President of the United States transmitting the fourth report on the continuing deployment of United States Armed Forces to Haiti
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House document / 104th Congress, 2nd session ;
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United States -- President (1993-2001 : Clinton)
Clinton, Bill, 1946-
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"Referred to the Committee on International Relations."
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"March 25, 1996."

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104th Congress, 2nd Session - - - House Document 104-190


UPDATE OF EVENTS IN HAITI





COMMUNICATION

FROM


THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

TRANSMITTING

THE FOURTH REPORT ON THE CONTINUING DEPLOYMENT OF
UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES TO HAITI


MARCH 25, 1996.-Referred to the Committee on International Relations
and ordered to be printed.


U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
29-011 WASHINGTON : 1996









THE WHITE HOUSE,
Washington, March 21, 1996.
Hon. NEWT GINGRICH,
Speaker of the House of Representatives,
Washington, DC.
DEAR MR. SPEAKER: I am providing you my fourth report on the
continuing deployment of U.S. Armed Forces to Haiti, most of
whom have served as part of the United Nations Mission in Haiti
(UNMIH). I am providing this update of events in Haiti, consistent
with the War Powers Resolution, to ensure that the Congress is
kept fully informed regarding U.S. support for the successful efforts
of UNMIH to assist the Government of Haiti in sustaining a secure
and stable environment, protecting international personnel and key
installations, establishing the conditions for holding elections, and
professionalizing its security forces.
As you know, pursuant to U.N. Security Council Resolution 975,
UNMIH was authorized to assume responsibility for the U.S.-led
Multinational Force for peacekeeping operations in Haiti. Through
the presence of UNMIH and its support to the United Nations-Or-
ganization of American States International Civilian Mission, a tre-
mendous improvement in the observance of basic human rights in
Haiti has been achieved. Over 5,000 Haitian police have received
professional training and continued to be observed by and receive
guidance from UNMIH international civilian police monitors. Hai-
ti's Presidential election on December 17, 1995, led to the first-ever
transition from one democratically elected President to another on
February 7, 1996.
In Resolution 1048 of February 29, 1996, the U.N. Security
Council extended UNMIH's mandate for a period of 4 months and
authorized a decrease in the troop level of UNMIH to no more than
1,200. Beginning in January of this year, there has been a phased
reduction in the number of U.S. military personnel assigned to
UNMIH. At present, 309 U.S. personnel remain a part of UNMIH,
primarily providing logistical, aviation, psychological operations,
engineering, staff, and medical support. These forces are equipped
for combat. By April 15, we expect to withdraw all U.S. military
personnel from UNMIH.
In addition to U.S. personnel assigned to UNMIH, U.S. military
personnel are assigned to the U.S. Support Group Haiti as part of
the FAIRWINDS exercise. Over the past 6 months, the Support
Group has demonstrated the capabilities of U.S. military engineers
to deploy overseas in an austere environment and has also pro-
vided training opportunities for military engineering, support, med-
ical, and civic affairs personnel. Through this exercise, substantial
humanitarian and civic assistance has been provided to the Haitian
people. This assistance has included the repair and restoration of
nine schools and one hospital and the drilling of wells in order to





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provide potable water to two remote communities. Currently, the
Support Group consists of 184 military personnel, who are under
U.S. command and follow U.S. rules of engagement.
There have been no serious security incidents or civil disturb-
ances involving attacks on or gunfire by U.S. forces since my last
report.
I have taken the measures described above in order to further
important U.S. foreign policy goals and interests, including the res-
toration of democracy and respect for human rights in Haiti. I have
ordered the continued deployment of U.S. forces in Haiti pursuant
to my constitutional authority to conduct foreign relations and as
Commander in Chief and Chief Executive, and in accordance with
various statutory authorities.
I remain committed to consulting closely with the Congress on
our foreign policy, and I will continue to keep the Congress fully
informed about significant deployments of our Armed Forces.
Sincerely,
WILLIAM J. CLINTON.

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