UNSMIH was established, initially for a period of six months, in accordance with Security Council resolution 1063 (1996) of 28 June 1996 with a mandate limited to the following tasks:

  • Assistance to the Haitian authorities in the professionalization of the Haitian National Police;
  • Assistance to the Haitian authorities in maintaining a secure and stable environment conducive to the success of the current efforts to establish and train an effective national police force;
  • Coordination of activities by the United Nations system to promote institution-building, national reconciliation and economic rehabilitation in Haiti.

After two extensions UNMIH’s mandate expired on 31 July 1997.


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