UNITED NATIONS: UN peacekeepers to remain in Haiti for another year – Americas – MiamiHerald.com

The 15-member council did not carry on at length after its vote, but there was some discussion of a proposed drawdown of peacekeeping troops next year. The resolution calls for reducing the number of troops in Haiti to a little more than 5,000 from 6,270.

“Even after the drawdown of troops mandated in this resolution, there will still be over 5,000 military peacekeepers deployed in a country where there has been no military conflict in recent times,” British Ambassador Lyall Grant, the only council member to explain the vote. “This makes little sense.”

Although they were formally invited by Azerbaijan, which holds this month’s council presidency, representatives for Brazil, Chile, Haiti, Peru and Paraguay did not issue statements.

At the conclusion of the meeting, French Ambassador Gerard Araud said it would be up to the U.N. to answer any legal action filed against it, and that the lawsuit did not impact the council’s commitment to MINUSTAH. via  – MiamiHerald.com



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