UN's Haiti plea turned down

The UN's head of humanitarian aid in Haiti, Nigel Fisher, says the Harper government turned down a request by the UN and local authorities to keep its military deployed in Haiti for a longer time after last year's earthquake, the Canadian Press reported. The military, which sent 2,000 troops, originally had a mandate to provide a short-term response effort, and did not have the obligation to stay. But doing so would have been beneficial to the region, said officials, and would have helped calm the panic that has gripped the nation after a disputed election, a cholera outbreak and a rise in theft and rape.

Published: Wednesday, 01/12/2011 12:00 am EST

The UN's head of humanitarian aid in Haiti, Nigel Fisher, says the Harper government turned down a request by the UN and local authorities to keep its military deployed in Haiti for a longer time after last year's earthquake, the Canadian Press reported. The military, which sent 2,000 troops, originally had a mandate to provide a short-term response effort, and did not have the obligation to stay. But doing so would have been beneficial to the region, said officials, and would have helped calm the panic that has gripped the nation after a disputed election, a cholera outbreak and a rise in theft and rape.

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