Security Council extends Haiti peacekeeping mission

UN peacekeepers monitor condition in Bel Air, Haiti

31 May 2005 – Determining that the situation in Haiti continues to threaten international peace and security, the United Nations Security Council this afternoon extended the mandate of the UN mission to that country until 24 June, stating its intention to extend it further at that time.

The action came after the Council’s 20 May consideration of a report on Haiti in which Secretary-General Kofi Annan commended the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) for carrying out crucial tasks in difficult circumstances, saying it created a security environment in which the political transition could take place.

In addition to recommending the mandate extension, the report also called for an expansion of the mission to 7,500 troops from the 6,700 authorized, with 6,211 on the ground as of 9 May. The new police ceiling should be raised to 1,897 from 1,622 authorized and 1,413 on the ground, he said.

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