Monday, November 29, 2004
The United Nations is sending an additional nineteen hundred troops to Haiti to boost the current forty- two hundred there. The troops go in by December 6th and will bring the total closer to the promised six thousand seven hundred promised by the UN peacekeeping mission.
The force commander of the Brazilian-led UN stabilisation General Augusto Heleno Pereira believes it will allow the UN to clamp down on the rebel groups terrorising the slums of the capital, Port-au-Prince. Gang members loyal to the country's former President Jean Bertrand Aristide have been clashing with members of Haiti's disbanded army. Hundreds of people have been killed in a tide of political violence.