Hti: A couple months late...and a few frogs short....Or was that a few short frogs? Given the history of the place and all...
While Annan asked for a two-year mandate for the new force in hopes of demonstrating a long-term commitment to Haiti, the council approved the force for just six months "with the intention to renew for further periods."Wow! A UN resolution!
The move reflected council efforts to keep its soaring peacekeeping budget under a tighter rein, diplomats said.
With just a month to assemble it, some diplomats suggested it might be hard to come up with enough troops.
White House spokesman Scott McClellan said, however, that "a number of countries" had already agreed to participate, though he offered no specifics.
Chile's U.N. ambassador, Heraldo Munoz, predicted nations in Latin America and elsewhere would help out.
"I trust that we will have the troops," he told reporters. "I hope that with this (resolution), we will be there for the long haul and not lose patience, as we have in the past."
Just wait a couple months, one creepy glance from a Chimere and it's bag packin' time for the UN roadshow.