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UN Takes Over Peacekeeping Operation In Haiti


UN Force Takes Over Peacekeeping Operation In Haiti

The United Nations today took over responsibility for the peacekeeping operation in Haiti from the United States-led multinational force at a ceremony in the capital, Port-au-Prince.

The UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) was officially established on 1 June, but the Multinational Interim Force was authorized by the Security Council to remain in Haiti for a transitional period not exceeding 30 days.

During today's ceremony at the Haitian National Police training academy, 340 Chilean and 530 Canadians peacekeepers formally came under MINUSTAH's command, joining 1,200 Brazilian troops and 59 staff officers already serving with the Mission.

Additional contingents from Argentina, Uruguay, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Peru are expected to be deployed by the end of July. At full deployment, MINUSTAH should comprise 6,700 troops and 1,622 civilian police.

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