Home>News Center>World

Central America considers troops for Haiti
Updated: 2004-10-17 09:03

Central American countries are considering sending troops to Haiti at the request of the United Nations to cope with the rising violence there, Honduran President Ricardo Maduro said on Saturday.

Brazilian-led U.N. troops are stretched to the limit as they try to prevent the looting of aid supplies and to stop gunbattles and political clashes in the Caribbean island.

About 50 people have been killed since September.

Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua are looking into sending a "humanitarian rescue unit" made up of soldiers, Maduro told a news conference at government headquarters.

"This is something that the region's defense ministers are going to look at jointly. I understand we have to take a decision quickly," he said.

El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua sent troops to Iraq as part of the U.S.-led coalition last year, but only Salvadoran forces remain after the other two countries pulled out.

Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim said on Thursday the U.N. peacekeepers in Haiti urgently need reinforcements to cope with surging violence in the Caribbean country, which was also devastated by tropical storms.

The U.N. force has just 2,600 soldiers, said Amorim -- a fraction of the 6,700 troops and 1,600 police authorized for Haiti after a February revolt killed more than 200 people and forced President Jean-Bertrand Aristide into exile.

  Today's Top News     Top World News

Pakistan hunting for Chinese-abduction mastermind



NPC weighs first law on real rights



Rescued Chinese hostage returns China



Putin: Regional co-op benefits continent



NBA spending millions to tap Chinese market



Finance operates on 'right track'


  Six GIs killed in Iraq bombings, crashes
  Unit that refused Iraq duty said released
  Explosions rock Baghdad, mortar kills hospital worker
  Two GIs killed in Afghanistan
  Israel ends Gaza Strip offensive after killing 100
  Five nations win seats on U.N. Security Council
  Go to Another Section  
  Story Tools  
  Related Stories  
Haiti violence death toll rises to 46
Death toll in Haiti floods rises to 1,650
Panic erupts in flood-ravaged Haiti city
  News Talk  
  Are the Republicans exploiting the memory of 9/11?