Nobel laureate Oscar Arias:Haiti pres’s army plan an “error”

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) β€” Nobel laureate Oscar Arias has advised Haitian President Michel Martelly that it would be an “error” to restore the disbanded army, according to a letter delivered to presidential offices on Monday.

In the two-page letter dated Nov. 28, the two-time president of Costa Rica tells Martelly that armed forces in the region have records of thwarting progress and quashing democratic values, and that the $25 million Martelly has proposed for the new military should be invested in education, health and stregthening other institutions.

“I seek not to show disrespect for the sovereignty of a sister nation, but simply to share advice I see written on the wall of human history,” Arias wrote in the letter shared with The Associated Press. “In Latin America, most armies are enemies of development, enemies of peace and enemies of freedom.”

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