Originally: Canada to send 100 police to help keep peace in Haiti
Canada is sending 100 police officers to Haiti, Prime Minister Paul Martin announced Tuesday.
The officers, mostly drawn from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, will be there for the next two years to help the country’s government transition.
They’ll be sent in three phases of about 30 officers over the next three months.
A U.S.-led multinational force was sent to Haiti after rebels launched a three-week insurgency that led to the ouster of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide on Feb. 29.
A U.N. peacekeeping mission replaced the U.S.-led force last month and is expected to swell to 6,700 troops and 1,622 civilian police.
The force will work with the interim government for six months to prepare the country for elections next year and train the police.Sending