Wednesday, March 03, 2004

Haiti Update

France's aid to Haiti remains, as of yet, limited. The Quai d'Orsay claims responsibility for sending 7 Red Cross ambulances financed by the European Commission to Haiti as well as medical supplies from Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands, and France that were sent to NGO's such as Médecins du Monde and Médecins sans frontières. France's military personnel in Haiti are still limiting their actions to protecting French nationals. In response to a barrage of questions about France's other efforts in Haiti, the Quai d'Orsay merely replied that UN Resolution 1529 has been passed and that the ball is in the UN court now.

It's interesting to watch how France, despite initially taking the lead in calling for Aristide's removal, is now embedding all actions in other organizations. While some might say that this modus operandi demonstrates a multilateral streak, it is also a clever way of avoiding personal responsibility for any negative consequences.