Trinidad diplomat to head UN mission in Haiti

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Associated Press

Posted on May 31, 2013 at 1:36 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the appointment of Sandra Honore of Trinidad and Tobago as his special representative and head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti.

Honore, a career diplomat, was Trinidad's ambassador in Costa Rica until last August. She previously served in the United States, Brazil and at the Organization of American States.

U.N. deputy spokesman Eduardo del Buey said Friday that Honore is expected to take up her new post on July 15, succeeding Mariano Fernandez Amunategui of Chile who completed his assignment Jan. 31.

The U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti arrived in 2004, following the ouster of then-President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and has helped provide stability since. But tensions fester over accusations that U.N. peacekeepers inadvertently brought cholera to Haiti and engaged in acts of sexual abuse.

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