New Brazilian General Named To Head Haiti UN Mission
By Dialogo March 23, 2010Brazilian General Luiz Guilherme Paul Cruz was named the new military commander for the UN mission in Haiti, replacing fellow Brazilian Major General Floriano Peixoto, the UN office in Brazil said Thursday. Officials said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had approved the change when Peixoto's term expires in April. The UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) was deployed in 2004 to help the country deal with rampant violence and help the democratic process, but also has helped in humanitarian efforts after a devastating earthquake in January that has killed over 220,000 people. Dozens of UN staffers were among those killed by the quake. Brazil, with a contingent of more than 1,300 troops in Haiti, has been coordinating the military arm of the UN mission since its creation. The mission has some 9,000 uniformed personnel along with more than 400 international civilian staff and 1,200 local civilian staff.