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UN opens new political mission for Haiti

The United Nations Security Council will establish an office in Haiti to support the country's government and increase stability, replacing the 15-year peacekeeping mission.

The establishment of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti, or BINUH, represents a "historic moment" for Haiti but the United States remains "clear-eyed" about the challenges that lie ahead for the island nation, Ambassador Jonathan Cohen said.

He added that a successful transition depends on the Haitian government assuming responsibility for a range of issues, including free and fair elections.

The resolution passed unanimously and there was no debate.

The UN peacekeeping mission officially ends Oct. 15 and the new special political mission group starts the next day.

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