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Last updated: 02 February, 2007 - Published 11:48 GMT
 
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US aid for Cite Soleil
 
Soldiers patrol Port au Prince
UN soldiers detain a suspect in Port au Prince
The United States said on Thursday it will give Haiti $20 million to create jobs in the volatile Cite Soleil slum.

U.S. Under Secretary of State Nicholas Burns is also calling for the U.N. peace-keeping force in Haiti to be extended for a year.

Speaking to reporters after a Haiti "contact group" meeting that gathered officials from 15 nations and seven international organizations, Mr Burns said they agreed to push for a 12-month extension of the U.N. military mission in Haiti.

Their mandate expires on Feb. 15.

"The presence of that mission is essential for stability and peace and to deter crime in Haiti and to renew it for anything less than 12 months would not be right," Mr Burns said.

Struggle for control

The United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti is more than 8,000 strong.

The force has been in Haiti since march 2004, shortly after former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide was ousted in an armed rebellion

The mission though has struggled to control Cite Soleil.

Last week four people were killed in a UN operation in Cite Soleil.

A spokesman said six other people were injured in what he described as exchanges of fire with criminals.

 
 
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