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U.N. Team to Offer U.S. Relief in Securing Haiti

U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan called Tuesday for establishment of a force of 6,700 U.N. troops to relieve a U.S.-led multinational mission that has maintained security in Haiti since the Feb. 29 departure of former Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Annan said in a 33-page report to the U.N. Security Council that the U.S.-led force of 3,600 troops would transfer authority to the United Nations by June 1. The arrangement sets the stage for the United Nations’ second attempt at nation-building in the troubled island country in more than a decade. A senior Bush administration official said that some of the troops serving in the current multinational force, which includes French, Chilean and Canadian soldiers, would “stay on in some capacity” under U.N. command. He said that “no decision had been made” to keep U.S. troops in the country. Still, he added, “we expect no slippage in the timing of the handoff.” Full Story

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