Top UN peacekeeper to visit mission in Haiti
Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guéhenno is expected to return to New York on Sunday, spokesperson Marie Okabe said, after a visit to key personnel of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). His visit follows a Security Council decision, effective today, to extend MINUSTAH’s mandate for a further eight months and add more than 1,000 personnel, bringing its staffing level to nearly 9,400 to increase security in the run-up to a newly elected government’s inauguration next February. The Council also called on MINUSTAH and the Transitional Government to immediately begin the disarmament, demobilization and re-integration (DDR) programme for ex-combatants. Earlier in his visit, Mr. Guéhenno met with Government officials, including President Boniface Alexandre, Prime Minister Gerard Latortue and members of civil society, including leaders of religious groups and non-governmental organizations.