Haiti’s Martelly wants camps of ex-soldiers cleared

PORT-AU-PRINCE — Haitian President Michel Martelly has asked government officials to find ways to clear several sites around the country being occupied by ex-members of Haiti’s armed forces.

Last week, Reuters reported irregular military training camps have sprung up in different parts of Haiti, including one at an old military camp in the capital, Port-au-Prince, where an armed band of former soldiers brandished assault rifles and handguns.

The emergence of the camps comes against a backdrop of mounting international concern over a push by Martelly to revive Haiti’s army, which was disbanded in 1995 after a brutal period of military rule.

In a statement released on Saturday, the presidential palace said Martelly held a meeting last week with police officials and lawmakers to examine ways to clear the sites.

Read more: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45344922#.T1gqvXnmfct

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