UN to wrap up peacekeeping mission in Haiti this October

The United Nations Security Council said Friday after October 15 its justice-support peacekeeping mission will come to an end in crisis-ridden Haiti and only a special political mission will be maintained.

The Dominican Republic argued decision for a final six months of the mission is premature as the country is still facing ongoing economic and political crisis.

Dominican Republic shares island of Hispaniola with Haiti and was absent along with Russian Federation in the voting of council members for final six-month renewal.

The council members voted 13-0 and Ambassador Jose Singer Weisinger said, “For the Dominican Republic [the peacekeeping mission] will come to an end at the same time we are expecting to see elections held in Haiti, a moment that can always fall into instability… We believe that we should weigh the moment and the conditions for this … The work of this Security Council is to ensure that there is… international peace.”

The Dominican Republic argued decision for a final six months of the mission is premature as the country is still facing ongoing economic and political crisis.

Haiti will be going into legislative and local elections in October. US Acting Permanent Representative Jonathan Cohen said timing of the polls should not be a factor when to end the peacekeeping mission, which was first deployed in 2004 consisted of soldiers from Chile, Brazil, Nepal and couple of other countries.

Canada’s Ambassador Marc-Andre Blanchard earlier warned the transition to a political mission should be managed carefully and it should be based on objectives.

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