Above: United Nations peacekeepers in Haiti (UN Photo/Jesus Serrano Redondo)
By the Caribbean Journal staff
The United Nations Security Council has extended the MINUSTAH peacekeeping mission in Haiti for one year, the world body announced Tuesday.
The mission’s mandate was renewed by a Security Council resolution.
In a unanimously approved resolution, the Security Council extended MINUSTAH’s mandate until Oct. 15, 2015, with the intention of further renewal.
The resolution also reduced the mission’s military presence in Haiti to 2,370 troops, down from 5,145 troops.
The UN also increased the police component to 2,601.
“In the framework of the improvement of the rule of law in Haiti, strengthening the capacity of the Haitian National Police is paramount for the Government of Haiti to take timely and full responsibility for the country’s security needs, which is central to Haiti’s overall stability and future development,” the resolution said.