By Dialogo July 30, 2010 The defense ministers of Chile, Argentina, and Brazil proposed Wednesday that the troops of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) – to which the three countries contribute forces – participate in the reconstruction of that country, struck by an earthquake. For this purpose, Nilda Garré (Argentina), Nelson Jobim (Brazil), and Jaime Ravinet (Chile) submitted to their respective foreign ministries a request that they obtain from the United Nations “an expansion of MINUSTAH’s mandate in order that it become involved in reconstruction work,” Minister Ravinet announced in Santiago. “The ministers propose immediately to expand the use of military engineering units from the MINUSTAH countries so that they can participate in reconstruction tasks in Haiti,” the Chilean Defense Ministry specified in a statement. Ravinet’s proposal was well received by the Chilean foreign ministry. “If we can take advantage of MINUSTAH forces so that they can also collaborate in rebuilding, and not only in maintaining peace and security, it seems to me that this is a more efficient way to continue moving forward in this new stage,” the Chilean minister of foreign affairs, Alfredo Moreno, said. In the evaluation carried out by the military high commands of the three countries, it was determined that, as a result of the 12 January earthquake in Haiti, 230,000 people died, 300,000 were injured, and around 6,000 people lost limbs. “There is a precarious situation in infrastructure of all kinds, with 1.7 million Haitians homeless, and there are also serious difficulties in the functioning of the country’s economy and social organization,” the Chilean Defense Ministry said in a statement.