The UN Security Council will vote on a resolution to authorise a one-year deployment of an international force to help Haiti quell a surge in gang violence and restore security so the troubled Caribbean nation can hold long-delayed elections.
The US-drafted resolution being scheduled for Monday welcomes Kenya's offer to lead the multinational security force. It makes clear this would be a non-UN force funded by voluntary contributions.
The resolution would authorise the force for one year, with a review after nine months.
It would be allowed to provide operational support to Haiti's National Police, which is underfunded and under resourced, with only some 10,000 active officers for a country of more than 11 million people.
The resolution said the force would help build the capacity of local police "through the planning and conduct of joint security support operations as it works to counter gangs and improve security conditions in Haiti."
The force would also help secure "critical infrastructure sites and transit locations such as the airport, ports, and key intersections."
The resolution authorises the force to "adopt urgent temporary measures on an exceptional basis" to prevent the loss of life and help police maintain public safety.
Australian Associated Press
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