This is part of an ongoing series on Consultants Advisory Group.
MINUSTAH's just-published report to the UN Security Council begins:
Expected Council Action
The Council is expected to renew the mandate of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), which expires on 15 February. After a very bad month for both MINUSTAH and Haiti in January the Council will also be looking to bolster the electoral process, reinvigorate MINUSTAH and encourage a reduction in violence.
Haiti's presidential elections were postponed for the fourth time in late December on the grounds that technical difficulties were unresolved and that insecurity was hampering the electoral process. The Council, increasingly concerned at the performance of the Transitional Government, adopted a presidential statement on 6 January, urging the quick announcement of another election date no later than 7 February. Haiti's Provisional Electoral Council subsequently declared 7 February as the date of the first round of elections, with a run-off on 19 March if necessary. The official transfer of power to a newly elected leader is scheduled for 29 March.
- The security situation deteriorated dramatically, with many kidnappings and assassinations as well as the death of two UN peacekeepers.
- Sectors of the local business community mounted a campaign to discredit MINUSTAH. The campaign was condemned by the UN Secretary-General.
- MINUSTAH's Force Commander, General Urano Bacellar of Brazil, committed suicide.
Since MINUSTAH's David Wimhurst has accused me of participating in the alleged campaign to discredit MINUSTAH, I'll throw in my two cents.
MINUSTAH has involved itself in some capacity with Consultants Advisory Group, a company
- which steadfastly refuses to provide anyone with a valid street address of any kind,
- which is extremely secretive about its management and corporate associations,
- and which may well not be registered as a corporation at all.
If MINUSTAH wishes to pretend that rumors of CAG's activities are part of a campaign by others to discredit MINUSTAH, here are two important action items:
- Stop providing CAG with Internet access via IP# 18.104.22.168, which (though they use it more sparingly than in the past) they continue to make use of. And . . .
- Get CAG out of Haiti.
I have no idea of whether the business community there is trying to bring down any unfair criticism on MINUSTAH's head. But just days ago, MINUSTAH's David Wimhurst refused to answer my questions about CAG, choosing instead to threaten me with UN legal action.
No good purpose can be served by a United Nations organization associating itself with an outfit with the furtive habits of CAG. If MINUSTAH continues to associate with and cover for CAG, they are discrediting themselves.