The UN Security Council on Thursday decided to close the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti, known as MINUSTAH, by mid-October this year.

In a resolution adopted here, the 15-nation council decided to extend the mandate of MINUSTAH for a final period of six months and shut down the mission by Oct. 15, 2017.

During the six months, the military component of MINUSTAH shall gradually drawdown, according to the resolution.

A follow-on mission composed of police will replace MINUSTAH from Oct. 16 for an initial period of six months, it said.

MINUSTAH has been working in Haiti since violence and upheaval broke out in the island country in 2004. Since the devastating earthquake of Jan. 12, 2010 in Haiti, the mission has been engaged in efforts to help Haitians with reconstruction and recovery.

China’s Deputy Representative to the UN Wu Haitao said withdrawing MINUSTAH and replacing it with a smaller peacekeeping mission are in line with the progress of the situation in Haiti and can help the Haitian government to assume the responsibility of maintaining national security and stability.

China hopes that relevant parties in Haiti will maintain the current positive momentum and safeguard the overall situation of national stability and development, he added. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh