Saturday, May 16, 2015
Chile Signs Up for One More Year in Haiti
Chilean lawmakers approved a one-year extension of troop deployments in Haiti, even as they seek to make a full withdrawal. The Senate's foreign relations and defense committees unanimously approved the extension, effective June 1. At the same time, the Senate wants a timeline for returning the peacekeeping troops home. The death of a marine in April sparked demands to end the 11-year-old mission. Chile already has reduced its Haiti personnel. What was a force of more than 600 at its peak now numbers 422, including soldiers, sailors, airmen and police. Starting in June, that figure will drop to 407, as Chile withdraws an engineer unit and reduces its helicopter squadron. It has been the largest peacekeeping operation in Chile's history. Today, the United Nations has 4,604 troops in Haiti, with Brazil leading the multinational force.