UN Security Council votes to end Haiti peacekeeping mission
In this August 16, 2016 photo, a Brazilian U.N. peacekeeper opens a gate at the U.N. base in the Cite Soleil slum of Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Peacekeepers from Bangladesh, Brazil, Jordan, Nigeria and Uruguay have also faced allegations in Haiti.
With the Council's support, said Honoré, the joint transition plan would guide the handover, underpinning the gradual transfer of tasks to the government, the worldwide presence and the United Nations Country Team, thereby allowing Haiti to seize the opportunity to "begin a new chapter in [its] history as the mission transitions".
Haitians have welcomed the announcement that the United Nations Security Council had voted to end its 13-year-long peacekeeping mission in their country and replace it with a smaller police force, which would be drawn down after two years as the country boosts its own force.
The 15-member Security Council is due to vote on the US -drafted resolution on Thursday.
The resolution will create a follow-on peacekeeping mission for six months, comprising 1,275 police, to continue training Haiti's force.
"What we now need is a newly configured mission which is focused on the rule of law and human rights in Haiti", British U.N. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said on his way into the meeting.
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The United States, the biggest financial contributor to UN peacekeeping, is reviewing UN peacekeeping missions with a view to closing or drawing down missions.
The UN resolution hailed the elections in Haiti as "the major milestone towards stabilization".
She said global support, including from the United Nations, will be needed to enable the national police "to eventually provide security for all Haitian citizens".
The MINUSTAH peacekeeping mission, which has been in the country since the 2004 ouster of then-President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, is deeply unpopular with Haitians and has been dogged by controversies. UN troops have been accused of accidentally introducing cholera to the impoverished nation following the deadly 2010 natural disaster.
The Haitian cases are part of a wider problem in United Nations peacekeeping of sexual exploitation and abuse that the organization has been trying to stem for years. US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley told the council on Thursday of a sex ring allegedly run by at least 134 Sri Lankan peacekeepers, who lured children with food.
Sandra Honore, the United Nations envoy for Haiti, told the council that as a result of successful presidential and legislative elections on November 20 and January 29 "Haiti's political outlook for 2017 and beyond has significantly improved".
"Haiti's return to Constitutional order and the full functioning of the executive, the legislature and local government has now set the stage to address the many pressing challenges facing the country", she added.
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