OTTAWA (Reuters) – The United States and its allies will meet on Thursday to plan the mission of a multinational force designed to help restore order in Haiti, Canadian officials said on Wednesday.
The United Nations (news – web sites) Security Council approved the U.S.-led force on Sunday, just hours after President Jean-Bertrand Aristide fled in the face of an armed rebellion. The 5,000-strong force is designed to be in place for three months.
Canadian foreign ministry spokesman Patrick Riel said countries that could contribute troops were sending representatives to the headquarters of the U.S. Southern Command in Miami.
“They will begin meeting tomorrow to plan the multilateral interim force,” he said.
The United States — which has already sent about 500 Marines to Haiti — said it will contribute between 1,500 and 2,000 troops. France said it will send about 200.
Canada, which already has 50 soldiers on the island, promises to send more but has not said how many. Chile is expected to send around 300 soldiers.