Haiti's Delayed Elections Puts Extension of the UN Peacekeeping Mandate in Jeopardy

The China-Taiwan spat could prove an obstacle in renewing the mandate of the UN Stabilization Mission In Haiti as perennial delays in holding elections are becoming the order of the day

Brian Adeba
Published: Wednesday, 01/11/2006 12:00 am EST

The news that Haiti's national elections, set for Jan. 8, have been delayed again because of technical difficulties, has observers wondering about the fate of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). This is the fourth time the elections have been postponed. On Jan.6, the UN Security Council hastily convened a meeting to discuss the situation. After the meeting, the Council issued what amounted to an ultimatum to Haiti's leaders to hold the elections by Feb. 7.

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