Haiti Accepts Troops from the Dominican Republic

The United Nations announced on that Haiti has accepted 150 troops that the Dominican Republic is sending. The troops will help secure the critical land routes used in Haiti to deliver supplies to tens of thousands of earthquake survivors. The Dominican troops will be stationed along the main road leading from the country’s earthquake-battered capital to the Dominican border working alongside the U.N. mission’s Peruvian troops and will serve under the mission commander.

Although Haitian president René Préval had initially declined President Leonel Fernández’s offer to send troops, U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said that the offer had now been accepted. Haiti’s Ambassador to the Dominican Republic Fritz Cinéas said that all peaceful international forces have been allowed into his country to help with earthquake relief, adding, “Haiti is a free nation, but in this situation we have to be conscious of our weakness and we are receiving with joy the pacific contributions of fellow nations.”

For full article, see http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/21/AR2010012103095_pf.html

Photo of UN troops from http://thewe.cc/weplanet/news/americas/haiti/haiti_un_massacres_continue.htm

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