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Honduran Soldiers Join UN Peacekeeping Mission in Haiti

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Honduran troops of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti.

Friday, 31 Jan 2014 07:11 PM

An initial group of 37 Honduran soldiers joined United Nations peacekeeping forces in Haiti on Friday with more troops to follow, officials said.

The Honduran military is supporting UN peacekeeping missions in Haiti as the poorest country in the Americas grapples with political instability.

"We are proud to know that Honduras is accounted for in integrating in these missions," Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Fredy Diaz told reporters after the soldiers' departure.

The Honduran Congress approved sending some 150 soldiers to Haiti on December 18. The remaining troops are due to be deployed by Tuesday.

The soldiers are being funded by the UN, with each receiving $1,096 a month for personal expenses and clothing.

Haiti marked four years earlier this month since a violent earthquake shattered the impoverished nation, which is still struggling to recover from the widespread devastation that killed 250,000 people.

Haiti has also seen an increase in anti-government protests, some breaking out into violent clashes.

Protesters have called for the resignation of President Michel Martelly, who has been in office since 2011, and are also demanding better living conditions.

Plans to rebuild the capital Port-au-Prince have been presented to the public, but the construction has yet to take place.

© AFP 2017

   
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An initial group of 37 Honduran soldiers joined United Nations peacekeeping forces in Haiti on Friday with more troops to follow, officials said.
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