The UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations (ASG-DPKO) Bintou Keita, on February 8, met the Rwanda Formed Police Unit (RWAFPU) contingent serving under the United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH).
Keita, who commended Rwanda for its commitment to international peace, was accompanied by MINUJUSTH Police Commissioner, Brig Gen Georges-Pierre Monchotte and the Governor of Grande-Anse, which hosts the Rwandan camp, among other officials.
The visit was in line with the implementation of the ‘UN Security Council Bench-marked Exit Strategy’ for MINUJUSTH.
“We appreciate your impact in safety and peace building in Haiti and elsewhere that Rwanda participates in peacekeeping. Rwanda has done a good job for the people of Haiti,” Keita said.
The UN Security Council, in April last year, granted a final extension of the peacekeeping operations in Haiti for more six months expiring April 2018, with a new mandate partly to support the Government of Haiti strengthen rule-of-law institutions, further develop and support the Haitian National Police and engage in human rights monitoring, reporting and analysis under a new entity—MINUJUSTH.
Rwanda National Police (RNP) started its peacekeeping operations in Haiti in 2010 when its first FPU contingent was deployed following the catastrophic earthquake in that killed over 100,000 people and displaced over three million others.
The current RWAFPU contingent composed of 140 officers and under the command of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) ACP Yahaya Kamunuga, is the eight rotational deployed in Haiti formally known as MINUSTAH, since 2010.