Friday, April 30, 2004

Hti: U.N. Struggles to Find Troops to Police Haiti


The NYT (free registration required) inadvertently notices a thing or two about U.N. eyes being too big for their bellies.

Of course France is intimately involved...
WASHINGTON, April 29 - Just a month before its deadline, the United Nations finds itself hard-pressed to sign up peacekeeping troops and French-speaking police officers to take over security in Haiti from an American-led interim force, United Nations officials and diplomats say.

The Security Council is considering a request by Secretary General Kofi Annan to send 6,700 peacekeepers and 1,622 civilian police officers to Haiti, which was shaken in February when armed insurgents opposed to the government of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide took over much of Haiti's north and moved on the capital

And the money quote - filtered from all the usual America isn't doing enough crap?
One problem is the competition for French-speaking peacekeepers, as missions are prepared for Ivory Coast and Burundi this year, United Nations representatives said.

What?!

Did they mean to say that there are too many formerly French colonial holdings sucking up French speaking 'peace keepers'?

Go figure...

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