EUROGENDFOR contribution to MINUSTAH – Haiti, 2010.
Though MINUSTAH was already created on 30th April 2004, the 12th January 2010 massive earthquake which killed 220 000 persons worsened the situation in the country. Then, the UN Security Council requested on the 17th January 2010 the deployment of self-sustainable crowd-control units in Haiti. Answering to this urgent need, the CIMIN agreed on a EUROGENDFOR deployment on the 8th February 2010.
Following the UNSC Resolution n°1908, EUROGENDFOR deployed in Haiti two Formed Police Units (FPU’s) - French and Italian - and a Spanish Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) platoon. The Force’s mission in theatre was to support the UN civilian police activities and to assist the Haitian National Police, but also UN-acknowledged humanitarian agencies and non-governmental organisations.
The EUROGENDFOR commitment in Haiti ended on the 3rd of December 2010. Performed in a particularly austere environment, this mission represented a new landmark in EUROGENDFOR development. Moreover, it accurately illustrated the concept of robustness and flexibility which were portrayed by the EUROGENDFOR contingent in a particularly demanding context.