The UN “peacekeeping” force in Haiti, MINUSTAH, is headed by Brazil, and that is why the commander will always be a Brazilian.
UN appoints new UN force commander in Haiti
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment Thursday of Maj. Gen. Luiz Guilherme Paul Cruz of Brazil as the new commander of the U.N. peacekeeping force in Haiti.
He will replace the outgoing commander, Maj. Gen. Floriano Peixoto Vieira Neto, also from Brazil.
Paul Cruz, who joined the Brazilian army in 1972, commanded the Brazilian battalion in the U.N. peacekeeping force in Haiti in 2008. After being promoted to general later that year, he took command of the country’s 5th Armored Brigade, his most recent position.
Ban expressed appreciation to Neto, saying “his dedication, professionalism and leadership greatly contributed to the United Nations stabilization efforts in Haiti,” U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said.
The 8,500-member force is being expanded by 2,000 since the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti.