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Brazil Dismisses Version that UN’s Force Commander in Haiti Killed Self

As investigators began probing the death of the senior military official leading the United Nations peacekeeping operation in Haiti, a 58-year old Brazilian general who was found dead Saturday, January 7, in Port au Prince, UN officials praised his legacy of peace.

In New York, a spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan said he was "shocked and saddened" to learn of the death of Lieutenant-General Urano Teixeira da Matta Bacellar, Force Commander of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), who was discovered in his accommodations.

"General Bacellar assumed command of MINUSTAH’s military component on September 2005 and he had served his country with honor and distinction for almost forty years," the spokesman said.

The Secretary-General extended condolences, as did MINUSTAH officials in a statement released in Port-au-Prince. "Lt. General Bacellar, who worked tirelessly to support the Haitian people and their hope for peace, was a distinguished Brazilian soldier," the mission said in a statement. "His unexpected death leaves us all bereft."

Brazil has sent an Air Force plane to Haiti with federal government representatives. They will monitor the investigations being made by the UN on the death of the Brazilian general.

The plane took to Haiti three experts from the Federal Police, a representative of the Abin (Agência Brasileira de Inteligência –
Brazilian Agency of Intelligence) and a doctor from the Federal District’s Coroner’s Office.

MINUSTAH paid tribute to the memory of "a professional and honorable soldier who died in the service of the United Nations while doing his utmost to uphold the right of the Haitian people to freely and fairly elect a President and Government of its own choosing."

It pledged that his untimely death and sacrifice "will not weaken the resolve of MINUSTAH and the international community to ensure the will of the Haitian people prevails and Haiti joins the democratic community of nations."

Lt. General Bacellar served in Brazil’s armed forces for 39 years and had occupied a succession of senior posts before his appointment as Force Commander in MINUSTAH in September 2005.

The Deputy Force Commander, Chilean general Eduardo Aldunate Herman, has assumed command of all MINUSTAH force elements.

Brazil’s Foreign Minister, said that he considers very unlikely the suicide explanation for the Brazilian General’s death. According to Amorim, all the information he had about Bacellar would discard the version that the MINUSTAH’s commander killed himself.

UN – www.un.org

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  • Guest

    Accccccccicdent?
    Sure it was an accident.
    The sucker died not by suicide.
    He died wen he fell from a banana tree in a dispute for the last banana from the tree chimpanzee.

    Nice to be at home, up the banana tree right General?

  • Guest

    Why not wait ?
    Why Brazil government cannnot wait the end of the investigation before saying it was an accident or a suicide ?

    Does anyone remembers what Lula and the highest levels in the government said at the start AND during the investigation of the vote buying scandal ?

    smile…..
    -;-))))

  • Guest

    Observer
    Lets hope it was an accident and not suicide…

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