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(AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

(AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

(AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

The U.N. secretary-general is recommending that the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti stay for another year _ which might be its final one.

The head of the mission, Sandra Honore, told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that Ban Ki-moon wants the peacekeeping mission to extend for a year to help Haiti complete its upcoming round of elections.

She says the mission also will help the country with an “orderly and sustainable” transfer to having national authorities assume responsibility for future elections.

Honore told reporters that she is urging all parties in Haiti to avoid the kind of violent disruptions that marred legislative elections in August.

The Security Council will consider the mission’s mandate later this month. The mission had more than 4,500 uniformed personnel as of late June.

The Associated Press

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