UN chief urges nations to consider deploying forces to help Haiti to rebuild after the devastating earthquake on Jan. 12, 2011. Officials say the U.S. has about 200 troops in Port-au-Prince, and other countries are sending hundreds to bolster its response. (Photo: CQ Roll Call/Shutterstock)
The head of the U.N. Security Council is recommending that the U.N. Security Council adopt a resolution authorizing the use of force in Haiti to help restore stability, with the goal of achieving national elections by the end of the year.
In a press briefing on Tuesday, March 14, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the resolution will allow the international community to impose a no-fly zone over the country. He added the Security Council may use its influence to obtain aid for the Haitian people.
Haiti’s leader, Prime Minister Michel Martelly, said in a report on Tuesday that the U.N. Security Council is the only body that can address a military solution in Haiti.
“Our hope is that the U.N. Security Council and the international community, which are very much involved and playing a role in the aid we can get from international donors, will be able to put the right tools in place to help build the national institutions in Haiti, to lead to the early return of President Aristide and other politicians,” Martelly said.
International donors are not likely to send in large amounts of aid since the U.S. and Europe are already aiding Haiti.
The U.S. has donated $9.5 million to Haitian earthquake victims, more than other countries. France, Britain and Ireland each have a small part of that. The rest of the funding is coming from individual donations.
Martelly said he is open to a possible international role in Haiti after the first elections.
“President Aristide, and perhaps some of the other politicians, still have the desire to return to Haiti and the desire to participate in the new government. I cannot give the impression that we are not interested, and that we do not want to play a role after the first elections,