A demonstrator holds a Haitian flag in front of police and UN peacekeepers during a protest against the government of President Michel Martelly during Haitian Flag Day in Port-au-Prince on May 18, 2014. Protesters marched through the streets calling for Martelly's resignation. (HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI - A UN peacekeeping mission has helped maintain
order in Haiti through 13 years of political turmoil and catastrophe is coming
to an end.
The last of the blue-helmeted soldiers are leaving amid concerns that the police and justice system are still not adequate to ensure security in the country. UN troops reached a height of more than 10,000 in the aftermath of the devastating January 2010 earthquake.
The mission does not officially end until Oct 15. There are about 100 international soldiers in who will leave within days.
The UN is lowering its flag at its headquarters in Port-au-Prince during a ceremony Thursday. The mission will be followed by a smaller UN operation consisting of police and civilians who will help support the country's justice system.