Brazil send troops to assist in Haiti

16th Jun 2004

The latest group of Brazilian troops arrived in Haiti yesterday to join the
United Nations peacekeeping mission gearing up to take over from the
multinational force in the Caribbean nation later this month.
The contingent of 161 included soldiers and marines, as well as drivers
and equipment operators, and will remain in the area around the Haitian
capital, Port-au-Prince, to provide logistical support to the Brazilian

They join the 49 staff officers and 192 soldiers already part of the UN
Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). Eight hundred additional
soldiers are expected to arrive by air transport over the next four
days to complete the deployment of Brazilian troops.

The transfer of operational responsibility to UN peacekeepers from the
Multinational Interim Force (MIF) - which arrived to quell the violence
that erupted in February that eventually led to the ouster of President
Jean-Bertrand Aristide - is scheduled for 25 June.

At full strength, MINUSTAH will have a force of 6,700 troops and 1,622
civilian police. About 13 countries have pledged to contribute military
personnel to the Mission.


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