More troops join UN stabilization mission in Haiti

More than 160 Moroccan soldiers arrived in Haiti yesterday to join the United Nations Stabilization Mission (MINUSTAH), bringing the operation’s uniformed strength to nearly 4,500 out of an authorized total of almost 8,000 troops and civilian police. The mission was set up in April to maintain security and foster a democratic political transition in the strife-torn Caribbean country following the departure the previous month of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide amid armed unrest. The 163 Moroccans will join a 200-strong Spanish battalion in joint operations in Cap Haïtien in northern Haiti.