Two thirds of projected UN peacekeeping force in Haiti already in place

15 November 2004

More than two thirds of the military and police forces planned for the United Nations peacekeeping operation in Haiti have already arrived to help foster a democratic political transition in the strife-torn Caribbean country after widespread unrest last March led to the departure of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

In its latest update on the force, the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) said 4,489 soldiers out of the 6,700 mandated by the Security Council resolution were already on hand, while the civilian police strength totaled 1,228 out of the projected total of 1,622.

Latest arrivals over the past three weeks include 750 Sri Lankan soldiers and 250 Pakistani police as well as 205 Peruvian troops, 163 Moroccan officers and 70 Guatemalans.


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