Bill Clinton to be special UN envoy to Haiti

May 19, 2009 09:38

The UN is turning to Bill Clinton as its emissary to chronically unstable Haiti, where the former president is popular but not the peacekeepers who have provided the nation's only real security for years. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is expected to formally name Clinton on Tuesday as its special envoy to Haiti, the ex-president's spokesman Matt McKenna said. UN peacekeepers have patrolled Haiti since 2004 and are in the process of training the country's under-equipped national police to retake control - but some here consider the blue helmets an occupation force and have called for them to leave now. Having Clinton as the UN's public face in Haiti could temper such sentiment.

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