July 31, 1997 |
The Security Council extended the U.N. military and police force in Haiti for a final four months but cut its size. The council's resolution, adopted by a 15-0 vote, will reduce the international police force from 300 to 250 and cut the military from 500 to 50 headquarters staff paid for by all U.N. members. But Canada and Pakistan will again supplement the military force, this time with 650 Canadian soldiers and 350 Pakistanis. They are part of the U.N.
April 5, 1997 |
Sidestepping Chinese opposition, the Security Council has agreed to extend the stay of U.N. peacekeepers in Haiti until the end of July. China objects to the presence of U.N. troops in Haiti because it extends diplomatic recognition to Taiwan, which Beijing considers a renegade province. The 15-member Security Council met this week to consider a report by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on keeping the 500 troops and 262 civilian police in place in Haiti.
November 14, 1996 |
President Rene Preval said Wednesday that he has asked the United Nations to extend its peacekeeping mission through July to give Haiti's new police force more training. The mission's current mandate ends Nov. 30. About 1,200 U.N. peacekeeping troops are in the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area. An additional 300 U.N. civilian police officers also are assigned to Haiti. In an October report, U.N.
June 29, 1996 |
The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to keep peacekeepers in Haiti for at least five more months, but it reduced the size of the force at China's insistence. China has called for an end to the mission, saying it is no longer needed. Diplomats said Beijing was threatening a veto to punish Haiti for having diplomatic ties to Taiwan, which China considers a renegade province. The resolution replaces the current force of 1,200 peacekeepers, backed by 700 Canadian soldiers, with 600 U.N.
March 4, 1996 |
Armed with .45s, high school diplomas and four months of U.N. training, members of the year-old Haitian civilian police force are tested daily on the dusty streets of the sprawling Cite Soleil slum. Gang members with AK-47s could lurk in any shack. The bulging pocket on any passerby's torn pants could hide a .357 magnum. "People here just laugh at us and our little handguns," said one nervous young officer, returning to the new concrete-block station house after a foot patrol.
January 31, 1996 |
Francois Denis Gbetie, 36, a U.N. police officer from Benin, became the first member of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti to be killed by hostile fire, the United Nations said. Gbetie was driving with another Beninese officer in Port-au-Prince when several gunmen opened fired on his vehicle. The slain officer's colleague was unharmed. A suspect was arrested.