30 June 2005


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United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan asked the United States this week to consider sending troops to Haiti to support a U.N. peacekeeping mission beset by mounting armed challenges to its authority, according to senior U.N. officials.


He expressed hope that the United States would participate in a planned U.N. rapid reaction force, authorized by the Security Council earlier this month, that would have the firepower to intimidate armed gangs threatening the countrys fragile political transition. Officials said that similar requests are being considered for other countries, including Canada and France. We want scarier troops, one senior U.N. official said. [emphasis added]

If the Canadians go, they’d better make sure they don’t take credit for scaring anyone or they’ll be in big trouble.

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