UN peacekeepers improve security in Haiti, work with civil groups

30 December 2004

Security, one of the main concerns of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti, has greatly improved in the Caribbean nation, allowing UN teams to work with their Haitian counterparts on such pressing civil issues as the HIV/AIDS pandemic, a mission spokesman said.

Reviewing recent military and police operations in unsettled parts of the capital, Port-au-Prince, the spokesman for the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), Damian Onses-Cardona, told journalists yesterday, "The security situation in Haiti is progressing."

"The authorized military force is nearly complete: 6,009 out of an expected 6,700 soldiers have already been deployed throughout the regions in Haiti," he added.

At the end of the mission's first seven months on the job, the MINUSTAH units specializing in electoral assistance, civil affairs, gender issues, child protection, HIV/AIDS and human rights were working closely with Haitian organizations, he said.

A spokesman for MINUSTAH's civilian police (CIVPOL), Daniel Moskaluk, said the officer strength was now up to 86 per cent of the force authorized by the UN Security Council, or 1,400 out of the expected 1,622.


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