UN backs desire for end to Haiti mission

(CNS) – The U.N. peacekeeping chief says the United Nations supports the desire of Haiti’s leaders to end its stabilization mission in the country in October and for Haitian authorities to fully assume responsibility for security.

Jean-Pierre Lacroix told the Security Council Wednesday that the U.N. trusts “the capacity of the Haitian national police to manage security risks without international operational support.”

The U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti has been training the national police and helping the government strengthen judicial and legal institutions and monitor human rights since the U.N. peacekeeping mission ended on Oct. 15, 2017, after 13 years.

Lacroix said Haiti recently has seen “progress in some areas and volatility or stagnation in others.”

Haiti’s largest opposition groups have engaged in nationwide protests to oust President Jovenel Moise.