Peacekeeping mission extended
UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 13, CMC – The United Nations Security Council on Friday extended the peacekeeping mission in Haiti for another year, and decided to reduce the overall force levels as responsibility for security is gradually handed over to the national police.
Acting unanimously, the 15-member Council extended the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) until October 15, 2013, “so that it can continue to help restore a secure and stable environment, to promote the political process, to strengthen Haiti’s Government institutions and rule-of-law-structures, as well as to promote and to protect human rights,” the UN said.
The Security Council also decided that MINUSTAH’s overall force levels will consist of up to 6,270 troops – reduced from the authorized military strength of 7,340 – of all ranks through “a balanced withdrawal” of infantry and engineering personnel, and of a police component of up to 2,601 personnel, consistent with the proposals in Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s most recent report, the UN said.
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