Disagreement in the international community over whether Haiti remains a threat to the region’s peace and security overshadowed the decision Tuesday by the U.N. Security Council to extend its support mission in the Caribbean nation for another year.
Both Russia and China abstained during the vote to continue the U.N. Mission for Justice and Support in Haiti — known by the acronym MINUJUSTH — for another year when its mandate expires on Sunday. The resolution also calls for the gradual reduction of U.N. police presence, based on Haiti’s security situation, beginning in October.
But the United States’ insistence on widening the scope under which UN forces can be deployed to Haiti beyond the mission’s security operations to restore peace under Chapter 7 of the U.N. charter divided council members.
Russia questioned why the designation is needed as part of a resolution that is supposed to be aimed at assisting the Haitian government with professionalizing its national police, monitoring human rights and strengthening its justice system.