Haiti plan to restore army, faces new UN requirements

The Associated Press

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The top U.N. official in Haiti says the government’s plan to restore the army will require a new agreement with the world body.

Head of U.N. Mission Mariano Fernandez tells The Associated Press the existing agreement has no provision to allow peacekeepers to work with a Haitian military. Fernandez says the Security Council would need to change the mandate.

Fernandez is in charge of the 12,000 U.N. peacekeepers who have kept order in Haiti since 2004. He said Monday the country has been making progress in reducing political conflict. He praised President Michel Martelly for recent meetings with former leaders.

Haiti’s army was disbanded in 1995 after years of abuse and military coups.