Uruguay to withdraw its UN peacekeepers from HaitiOctober 29, 2013 @ 7:11 pm
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) - Uruguay's president says he plans to remove his country's nearly 1,000 peacekeeping troops from Haiti.
Jose Mujica said Tuesday he'll withdraw the contingent but isn't giving a date. He told local TV that he decided this because there's a "political impasse" in Haiti with elections to renew the Senate long overdue.
The 9,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti was established by the U.N. Security Council in 2004.
The force has been under intense scrutiny for years and is blamed for a cholera outbreak likely introduced by a peacekeeping battalion from Nepal.
Last year, protesters calling for the withdrawal of U.N. peacekeepers clashed with police in Haiti's capital. They were angry over the cholera epidemic and the alleged sexual assault of an 18-year-old Haitian man by peacekeepers from Uruguay.
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Back in Business?
Boeing Machinists have made a preliminary contract offer to keep the 777X in Washington
Dori says political correctness to blame for Seattle City Light fake Native American scam
The Holiday Map
Find Santa photos, tree farms, lights & seasonal events with our holiday map
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.