Haiti to study creation of force to replace UN peacekeepers

October 10, 2007 01:55

Haiti's president appointed a commission of academics and ex-military officers Tuesday to study the creation of a security force to one day replace UN troops in the restive Caribbean country. An 8,800-member UN peacekeeping force, deployed in 2004 after an uprising toppled former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, has provided the only real security Haiti has seen since Aristide disbanded the army in 1995. The new seven-member panel named by President Rene Preval will decide whether to create a unit to supplement the impoverished nation's overwhelmed and outgunned police forces, or to restore the army, which orchestrated several coups throughout Haiti's history.

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