UN mission chief found dead in Haiti

January 17th, 2010 - 6:29 am ICT by IANS  

New York, Jan 17 (DPA) The chief of the UN mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), missing since Tuesday’s devastating earthquake flattened the mission’s headquarters in Port-au-Prince, has been confirmed dead, UN officials announced late Saturday in New York.
Hedi Annabi, the Algerian civilian head of MINUSTAH, was found in the rubble.

The bodies of his deputy, Luiz Carlos da Costa, and Doug Coates, who served as chief of the UN police force in Haiti, were also recovered from the toppled Christopher Hotel, where the mission was headquartered, the UN said.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who is scheduled to travel Sunday to Haiti, expressed deep sorrow.

The Haitian earthquake has caused likely the worst losses in the history of UN missions around the world, with 37 MINUSTAH members dead and 300 still missing.

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