The Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, has revealed that the peacekeeping mission in Haiti will be coming to an end – after 13 years.
Haiti has witnessed increased political stability in the past few years.
In a report to the UN Security Council last week, Gutteres said the peacekeeping mission in Haiti, known by the French acronym, MINUSTAH, should close by October 15.
“The military component should undergo a staggered but complete withdrawal of all the 2,370 personnel,” he said.
The UN Security Council is expected to debate Guterres’ recommendations – including the future role of the United Nations in Haiti – on April 11.
The UN Secretary General is recommending that a smaller mission replace MINUSTAH to focus on police development and the country’s judiciary.
The move had been expected since last month, when UN Undersecretary General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous visited Haiti and told reporters that “the military component is not necessary anymore.””
According to Guterres, the proposed withdrawal should be “gradual” in order to give the Haiti National Police time to take responsibility for the country’s security.
The UN mission has been criticized, after the organization admitted playing a part in starting a cholera epidemic that killed thousands in Haiti after an earthquake rocked the Caribbean nation in 2010.