Thursday, April 16, 2015

Haiti: UN Mission Makes Final Tribute To Fallen Soldier

Haiti: UN Mission makes final tribute to fallen soldier
Ceremony held or Sergeant Rordrigo Andres Soto Sanhueza at the MINUSTAH military base in Port-au-Prince.
Ceremony held or Sergeant Rordrigo Andres Soto Sanhueza at the MINUSTAH military base in Port-au-Prince.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti ( - The United Nations Mission for Stability in Haiti (MINUSTAH) held a ceremony on Wednesday for Sergeant Rordrigo Andres Soto Sanhueza, a member of the Chilean battalion who killed Monday, April 13, 2015, during a protest in Ouanaminthe.

The ceremony was held at the MINUSTAH military base in Port-au-Prince, in the presence of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in Haiti, Sandra Honoré, Chilean Deputy Minister of Defence, Marcos Robledo, the Prime Minister of Haiti, Paul Evans, representatives of the diplomatic community in Haiti, the Chilean military and civil authorities and representatives of civilian, military and MINUSTAH police.

"The loss of Sergeant Soto is a painful event for both Chile and its armed forces for MINUSTAH," said Marcos Robledo who represented the Government of Chile, adding that he "sends condolences and solidarity of the Government of Chile to his wife, his two son and his family for Haiti "

A soldier in Haiti for eight months had administrative task when the vehicle he was traveling in was the object of violent protesters shot in Ouanaminthe, in the Northeast of the country.

"His ultimate sacrifice and unambiguous service to the cause of peace will never be forgotten. In this regard, I condemn in the strongest possible terms the use of violence orchestrated for political purposes from any source whatsoever. "Has declared Sandra Honoré, Head of MINUSTAH.

After expressing condolences of the United Nations, on behalf of its Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, the UN family, MINUSTAH and in his own name, she addressed directly to the Haitian people: "I ask all Haitians to take a firm stand against violence and to ensure an end to this cycle of loss and destruction "has she said with emotion.

Prime Minister Paul Evans, who attended the ceremony, announced the opening of an investigation "to determine the exact circumstances of the death of the soldier we hold already high in our heart."

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