Saturday, January 24, 2015
U.N. Security Council members arrived Friday in Haiti for a three-day visit aimed in part at urging the government to hold long-delayed municipal and legislative elections. Representatives of the council's 15 member states are expected to meet with President Michel Martelly and other officials. Martelly began ruling by decree last week when Parliament was dissolved after legislators' terms expired amid a political stalemate. The U.N. said in a statement that the delegation also would assess the implementation of Security Council resolutions such as the strengthening of Haiti's police force. Council members last year extended the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti by a year and expect to cut the number of troops from 5,021 to 2,370 by June.