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Haiti concerned about pull of UN troops ahead of elections

Published:Wednesday | March 18, 2015 | 12:07 PM

Haiti is worried that the decision by United Nations peacekeepers to pull out of six of the country’s 10 regions could undermine security as the French-speaking CARICOM country gets ready for elections later this year.

Fritz Jean-Louis, the minister with responsibility for the elections, said the withdrawal of UN troops during the elections is a big concern for the government and several countries and partners supporting the electoral process.

The pull out is part of a withdrawal plan voted on over the past couple years by the UN Security Council.

Jean-Louis said the absence of UN troops in most of the regions during the crucial presidential, legislative and local elections will be a security hazard.