Mulet Confirmed As Head Of UN Mission In Haiti
By Dialogo April 02, 2010UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday confirmed Edmond Mulet as his special representative to Haiti, a post which the Guatemalan already held in an interim capacity since the January earthquake that devastated the Caribbean nation. Mulet, 58, had already served as special representative and head of the UN stabilization mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) from June 2006 to August 2007 before he was asked to become deputy head of the UN department of peacekeeping operations. He was then succeeded by Hedi Annabi of Tunisia, who died along with several of his staff when the January 12 quake leveled the MINUSTAH headquarters in Port-au-Prince. In the wake of the disaster, Ban sent Mulet to take charge of the decapitated MINUSTAH and coordinate UN emergency aid operations. MINUSTAH, which was established in 2004 and is under Brazilian command, had roughly 7,000 troops, 2,000 police and about 2,000 civilian personnel in January. The January 12 earthquake that struck near Port-au-Prince killed at least 220,000 people and left 1.3 million homeless.