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Head of Haiti Force Says Won't Disarm Gunmen

The commander of a multinational force in Haiti insisted on Sunday it was not his mission to disarm militants, differing with earlier U.S. assertions that the force would confiscate weapons. “This is a country with a lot of weapons and disarmament is not our mission. Our mission is to stabilize the country,” U.S. Marine Corp. Brig. Gen. Ronald Coleman, head of the 3,000-strong U.N.-sanctioned force, told Reuters. Army Gen. James Hill, who oversees the Haiti operation as head of Miami-based U.S. Southern Command, told a Pentagon briefing this month the 1,600 U.S. Marines in Haiti would begin confiscating weapons from everyone without a valid permit. Saying, “you’ve got to take guns off the street,” Hill said Marines would start going after caches. Full Story

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