Top priority in Haiti is to rebuild security institutions: UN officialListen /
As the United Nations prepares to draw down its massive peacekeeping operations in Haiti, the top priority is to help the country rebuild its earthquake-ravaged security institutions.
That's what the chief of the UN mission in the country, known as MINUSTAH, Mariano Fernández, has told UN Radio.
Mr. Fernández said that the police force in Haiti has improved and is more capable to fight crime but challenges remain.
"The main challenges are the stabilization of the institutions of the rule of law and the commitment of the Haitians to continue ahead with democracy. And, on the other side, that the security forces that we are preparing to assume, to hand over to them to provide security for the country, will do that in the best way possible."
Mr. Fernández said that the number of Haitians who are still living in camps for displaced persons following the 2010 earthquake has decreased from 1.5 million to 350,000.