“It is with this in mind, that the secretary-general has recommended the closure of MINUSTAH in six months from now and the establishment of a smaller peacekeeping operation with concentrated focus on the rule of law and police development, with strong good offices and human rights monitoring roles,” she added.
The U.N. mission, established in June 2004 by a U.N. Security Council resolution, succeeded a multinational interim force (MIF) after then President Bertrand Aristide departed Haiti for exile in the aftermath of an armed conflict, which spread to several cities across the country.
In Jan. 2010, the U.N. Security Council, by resolution, endorsed the secretary-general’s recommendation to increase the overall force levels of MINUSTAH to support the immediate recovery, reconstruction and stability efforts in Haiti.
Following the completion of presidential elections in 2011, MINUSTAH has been working to fulfill its original mandate to restore a secure and stable environment, to promote the political process, to strengthen Haiti’s government institutions and rule-of-law-structures, as well as to promote and to protect human rights.
- Edited from CMC.