U.N. Security Council Approves Deployment Of Force In Haiti
Reuters reports that the U.N. Security Council on Sunday approved the deployment of a multinational force to restore order in Haiti.
UPDATE: News.com.au reports that Security Council vote to authorise deployment of an international military force was unanimous. Forces are expected to be provided by the U.S., Canada, France and several Caribean nations.
According to News.com.au:
The resolution states: "the situation in Haiti constitutes a threat to international peace and security and to stability in the Caribbean, especially through the potential outflow of people to other states in the subregion."
It authorises "a multinational interim force" to remain in the lawless Caribbean nation for no more than three months and says the Security Council will then be prepared to establish a UN peacekeeping force to remain in Haiti for a longer, unspecified period.
The Associated Press via the New York Times reports additional details about the U.N. action:
It authorizes "a multinational interim force" to remain in the lawless Caribbean nation for "not more than three months" to help restore stability and security and to support "the constitutional political process underway in Haiti." The Security Council will then be prepared to establish a U.N. peacekeeping force to remain in Haiti for a longer, unspecified period, it says.
The council received a letter from Haiti's Chief Justice Boniface Alexandre, who replaced President Jean-Bertrand Aristide on Sunday morning after he fled the country, requesting an international force, said China's U.N. Ambassador Wang Guangya, the current council president.
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U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who was in the Security Council chamber for the vote, said later that it sent a signal to the Haitian people "that the international community has not forgotten them."
"We understand their need and we are standing by them in their hour of need," he said. "The international community will do whatever it can to help stabilize the situation. I know some of them may think it's a bit late, but it's always ... better late than never, and we will do what we can to support them."
The text of the Security Council's resolution is available here.
Jeff Quinton at Backcountry Conservative has good round up about Haiti.