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American Named to Head U.N. Troops in Haiti

November 16, 1994|Reuters

UNITED NATIONS — Lt. Gen. Daniel Schroeder, deputy commander of the U.S. Army in Europe, was named Tuesday to command a 6,000-member U.N. mission that will replace the U.S.-led multinational force now in Haiti.

Last summer, he headed a U.S. humanitarian mission in civil-war-torn Rwanda.

Schroeder's appointment, which requires confirmation by the U.S. Senate, was announced by U.N. Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali during a brief visit to Haiti.

No date has yet been announced for the United Nations to take over from the U.S.-led force, which began arriving in Haiti in September to oversee the departure of a military junta headed by Lt. Gen. Raoul Cedras and the return from exile the following month of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, overthrown in a 1991 coup.

The U.S.-led multinational force numbered about 20,000 at its peak but is now below 14,000.

U.S. troops are expected to make up between a third and a half of the U.N. mission.

The U.N. force is expected to remain in Haiti until early 1996.

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