The United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) said today that its rapid reaction forces recently repelled members of an armed gang who were attacking a soap factory and another gang which was attacking a fuel depot in the Caribbean country’s capital, Port-au-Prince.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has strongly deplored the murder of two political leaders and their associates in Colombia as grave crimes constituting a threat to democracy in the South American country.
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has informed the Security Council of his intention to appoint Lt. Gen. José Elito Carvalho Siqueira of Brazil the new Force Commander of the peacekeeping UN Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).
Armed gangs in the dangerous suburban district of Cité Soleil, near Haiti’s capital, have made it difficult to identify the participants in recent fatal attacks on United Nations peacekeeping troops, the UN force in the country (MINUSTAH) said today.
Suicide is the official cause of the death over the weekend of Lt. Gen. Urano Teixeira Da Matta Bacellar, then the Force Commander for United Nations peacekeepers in Haiti, the UN Mission in the country (MINUSTAH) said today.
The United Nations is working with Brazil to find a possible successor to the Force Commander of the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti, who was found dead over the weekend, the head of the world body’s peacekeeping department said today.
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 today in Port au Prince, UN officials praised his legacy of peace.
Expressing concern about the latest postponement of Haiti’s elections, the United Nations Security Council today urged the Transitional Government and the Provisional Electoral Council to announce definite dates for the voting, with the first round to be held no later than 7 February.