Troops cut as mandate of UN mission in Haiti renewed

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Brazilian peacekeepers with MINUSTAH patrolling the Bel Air neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Photo: UN/MINUSTAH/Jesús Serrano Redondo

The mandate of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) has been renewed for another year, but the number of troops has been cut by more than half to 2,370.

The UN Security Council adopted the resolution to renew the mandate unanimously on Tuesday which also calls to increase the police component to over2,600 officers.

The Council urged political stakeholders in the Caribbean nation to fully commit to the democratic process and urged international donors to strengthen their efforts in helping the Government.

It reiterated that MINUSTAH should continue what it described as a "most critical task" to strengthen the institutional and operational capacities of the Haitian National Police.

MINUSTAH was established in 2004 to help stabilize the country following an armed conflict that spread to several cities.

The country is also recovering from a devastating earthquake that struck in January 2010 killing more than 220,000 people, including 96 UN peacekeepers.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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