UN Approves Extra Troops and Police for Haiti

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. Security Council has unanimously approved 3,500 extra troops and police officers to beef up security in Haiti and ensure that desperately needed aid gets to earthquake victims.

The resolution adopted unanimously Tuesday by the U.N.'s most powerful body will add 2,000 troops to the 7,000 military peacekeepers already in the country and 1,500 police to the 2,100-strong international police force.

U.N. peacekeeping chief Alain Le Roy said the extra soldiers are essential because of the "tremendous" number of requests to escort humanitarian convoys. He said the U.N. also needs extra troops to secure the routes using, and for "a reserve force" in case security deteriorates further.

Le Roy says the additional international police are needed at every point where food and water are being distributed.

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