United Nations votes to close Haiti peacekeeping mission

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United Nations peacekeepers in Haiti have also come under criticism for the rape and exploitation of children and women they were sent to protect. The current mission has just over 1,000 individual police and 11 police units.

She cited the example of a sex ring allegedly run by Sri Lankan peacekeepers in Haiti - they reportedly lured hungry teenage boys and girls by offering them snacks and cookies. Over the course of three years, he said he had sex with more than 100 Sri Lankan peacekeepers, averaging about four a day, investigators said.

The council is scheduled to vote Thursday on a draft resolution that extends the mandate of the mission for a final six months during which the 2,370 military personnel will gradually leave.

Haley said the United States and the worldwide community are committed to Haiti's "democratic development, independence and economic growth".

Sri Lanka never jailed any soldiers implicated in the abuse yet the country was allowed to send troops to other United Nations missions. And Member States have not always given us the information we needed. "I ask that you join me in this effort".

A United Nations -commissioned report promised much of the same more than 10 years ago, yet the problem has persisted.

The mission has also come under fire for allegations of widespread sexual abuse.

The AP reported how the Sri Lankan government had investigated 18 soldiers it said were implicated, and that "the UN Secretariat has acknowledged in writing, action taken by the Government, and informed that the Secretariat, as of 29 September 2014, considers the matter closed".

He stressed it is unsafe work done honorably by "the vast majority" of peacekeepers.

Sandra Honore, the United Nations envoy for Haiti, said on Tuesday that the improved political outlook in Haiti, which she said was the result of elections in the country, had opened "a crucial window of opportunity to address the root causes of the political crisis" that had gripped the country for many years.

The U.N.is limited in what it can do to eradicate its sexual abuse problem. "That creates a culture of implied immunity", said Schuller, a professor at N. Illinois University's Department of Ethnology who spends part of his time in Haiti.

This has opened "a crucial window of opportunity to address the root causes of the political crisis" that preceded the elections and address "the many pressing challenges facing the country", she said.

The mission started in 2004 amid unrest following the removal of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Haiti was free of cholera until 2010, when peacekeepers dumped infected sewage into a river.

"China supports the recommendation by this Security Council and the Secretary General and hopes MINUSTAH withdraws in an orderly manner, while ensuring stability in Haiti", he said.

But their mission - and their image - started unraveling after Haiti's catastrophic 2010 quake.

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