UN votes to end Haiti peacekeeping

The UN resolution adopted on Thursday also authorized the use of "all necessary means" for the new mission in Haiti to carry out its mandate and "to protect civilians under imminent threat of physical violence" in areas where it is deployed. And some troops also have been implicated in sexual abuse.

In a resolution adopted here, the 15-nation council made a decision to extend the mandate of MINUSTAH for a final period of six months and shut down the mission by October 15, 2017.

"The progress achieved during the past 13 years in Haiti's stabilisation process is notable", she said, adding that reshaping the partnership among the worldwide community, the United Nations system and Haiti is important to ensure such progress remains sustainable.

Sandra Honore, the United Nations envoy for Haiti, told the council that as a result of successful presidential and legislative elections on November 20 and January 29 "Haiti's political outlook for 2017 and beyond has significantly improved".

Bolivia's representative to the United Nations said Tuesday that the global community owed Haiti a debt and should do whatever it took to guarantee the Caribbean country all necessary support.

The withdrawal of United Nations peacekeepers from Haiti over the next six months marks a milestone in the country's progress toward political stability but challenges remain for security and the independence of police.

The draft resolution says that MINUJUSTH, in addition to helping train the police, should assist the government in strengthening judicial and legal institutions "and engage in human rights monitoring, reporting and analysis".

Haley said sex abuse by UN peacekeepers "must stop" and that the United States will continue to demand that countries hold accountable soldiers who face allegations while serving under the UN flag.

The mission also has been dogged by controversy in recent years. But once they take off, opportunities will open up for Haitians with guns to make things insane again, ” said Gary Guerre, a 27-year-old bank clerk. They buy stuff and it makes the foreigners feel like theres order here, ” said Jivenson Arisme, a 24-year-old entrepreneur who set up a small roadside business selling kites and other items for the Easter holiday.

With the Council's support, a joint transition plan would guide the handover, underpinning the gradual transfer of tasks to the Government, the worldwide presence and the United Nations country team, thereby paving the way for the closure of the peacekeeping chapter in Haiti. I dont see how theyve been helping Haiti at all.

The U.N. resolution reiterates the need for security in the country to be accompanied by efforts to address "the country's extreme vulnerability to natural disasters".