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UNs Ban recommends reduction of troops in Haiti

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Tue, 20 Sep 2011 03:39 PM
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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday he is recommending a reduction of U.N. peacekeeping troops during 2012 in the earthquake-ravaged Caribbean nation.

During a meeting with Haitian President, Michel Martelly, the U.N. chief said he intends to scale down the peacekeeping mission in Haiti, known as MINUSTAH, to troop levels before the earthquake struck Haiti in January 2010. 

Shortly after the quake, an additional 2,000 troops and 15,000 police were deployed to Haiti as part of the U.N. mission to support humanitarian efforts and boost law and order.

While the U.N. chief recently called for the mission to be extended for another year until October 2012, he also discussed plans for the eventual withdrawal of U.N. troops on the ground in Haiti. The force has faced growing protests by Haitians following the alleged rape of a young Haitian man by Uruguayan U.N. troops.

On Monday, a military judge in Uruguay jailed five Uruguayan marines from the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti on charges of gross misconduct, MercoPress reported. 

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