Security Council debates future of UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti

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Sandra Honoré, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), briefs the Security Council. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

The UN Secretary-General is recommending that the UN Mission in Haiti also known as MINUSTAH close in mid-October this year, the UN special envoy to the country said on Tuesday.

Sandra Honoré made the announcement to members of the Security Council members, adding that António Guterres also called for a smaller peacekeeping operation to develop the police force and strengthen the rule of law in the Caribbean island.

MINUSTAH first deployed to Haiti in 2004, in the aftermath of an armed conflict that spread to several cities across the country.

The island nation also suffered a devastating earthquake in 2010 and was struck again by Hurricane Matthew last year.

Haiti is ready to assume responsibility for a number of tasks entrusted to the UN Mission by the Security Council, Ms Honoré told Cristina Silveiro before the briefing.

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