UN extends peacekeeping mission in Haiti
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UN extends peacekeeping mission in Haiti

The United Nations Security Council has extended the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti by a year and approved a plan to cut by more than half the number of military personnel by June 2015.

The unanimous approval Tuesday came amid questions from some troop-contributing countries about the fast pace of the drawdown.

Argentina’s ambassador said the security situation in Haiti is still not improved enough, but Britain’s deputy U.N. ambassador pointed out that peacekeepers have been called out just twice in the past 18 months to deal with incidents.

The U.N. peacekeeping mission, established in 2004 after the ouster of then-President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, now has a troop strength of 5,021. The resolution approved Tuesday would cut that to 2,370 by June 2015.

Associated Press