UN mission teams up with police to stamp out illegal weapons in Haiti

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The United Nations is supporting Haiti in its crack down on illegal weapons.

The UN Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) and the national police this week began joint patrols in different neighbourhoods of the capital, Port-au-Prince to stop the circulation of these items.

According to MINUSTAH, there has been a recent increase in the number of illegal weapons in the country, including by groups of armed men claiming to be part of the army which the government has yet to establish.

Jim Hoeft is a military spokesman at the UN mission.

"Our goal is to help the government of Haiti to establish the rule of law and secure a stable environment. So ultimately the goal is to have a secure environment for the Haitian people in order to be able to engage in commerce and then live peacefully."

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