UN Security Council approves smaller successor mission in Haiti

Violet Powell
April 19, 2017

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Thursday that sex abuse by United Nations peacekeepers "must stop" following a media report detailing a child sex ring run by blue helmets in Haiti.

The mission has been accused of sexual abuse and blamed for the cholera outbreak as the country was free of cholera until 2010 when peacekeepers dumped infected sewage into a river.

US Permanent Representative Nikki Haley, who has made it her mission to reform and cut back on the peacekeeping operations, said: "This is a success story when it comes to drawing down a peacekeeping mission". "Countries that refuse to hold their soldiers accountable must recognize that this either stops or their troops will go home and their financial compensation will end".

The UN mission will operate until mid-October of this year, when it will be replaced by a smaller mission with a narrower mandate focused on rule of law and human rights, reported the Miami Herald. Alleged victimizers came from Bangladesh, Brazil, Jordan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Uruguay and Sri Lanka, according to United Nations data and interviews.

The UN mission in Haiti has been gripped by various controversies over the past years, including accusations by locals that it introduced cholera in 2010, which has led to at least 9,500 deaths in the country.

Haley told the Security Council after it voted to shut down the peacekeeping mission in Haiti that many children abused by the soldiers will continue to face a "nightmare" after the troops are gone.

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Rycroft said peacekeepers "are very expensive and should be used only when needed".

Nine children in the Haiti sex ring - some as young as 12 - told United Nations investigators how Sri Lankan peacekeepers offered them snacks or money for sex. Haiti suffered from deadly cholera which claimed the lives of 1,00,000 citizens."Imagine if the U.N. was going to the United States and raping children and bringing cholera".

The United Nations has been involved in Haiti on and off since 1990.

The blue helmets first came to Haiti in 2004, after a rebellion saw Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide ousted. "So I would urge you to check with, with the Sri Lankans", spokesperson for the Secretary General St├ęphane Dujarric said to the press on Thursday.

She said the United States and the worldwide community are committed to Haiti's "democratic development, independence and economic growth" and will also continue to push for accountability of U.N. peacekeeping missions accused of sexual abuse. It has suffered major natural disasters, including an quake in 2010 and Hurricane Matthew previous year.

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