In a unanimously approved resolution the Council said it decided to extend the mandate of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) until 15 February of next year, with the intention to renew it for further periods.The authorities elected later this year are scheduled to take office on 7 February.In response to Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s recommendations, it would also add, during the electoral period and subsequent changeover from the current Transitional Government, 750 troops for a rapid reaction force, 50 military personnel to create a sector headquarters in the capital, Port-au-Prince, and 275 civilian police (CivPol) to increase security.”For a temporary period MINUSTAH will consist of a military component of up to 7,500 troops of all ranks and of up to 1,897 Civilian Police,” the Council said. In its resolution, the Council asked the Secretary-General to share the overall plan for successful elections in Haiti, including voter registration, security, logistics, civic education, observation and detailed budget information and to devise a strategy to reduce MINUSTAH force levels progressively in the post-election period, as dictated by the situation on the ground.It urged the Transitional Government not to hire people for the Haitian National Police (HNP) until they had been vetted and certified by MINUSTAH and called on the Government “to conduct thorough and transparent investigations into cases of human rights violations, particularly those allegedly involving HNP officers.” The Council also called on the Transitional Government and MINUSTAH to begin immediately effective implementation of the disarmament, demobilization and re-integration (DDR) programme for ex-combatants and it appealed to all Member States to provide in a timely manner the financial, human and technical resources that that programme needs. Meanwhile, UN Under-Secretary-General Jean-Marie Guéhenno, who heads the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), arrived in Port-au-Prince on a five-day fact-finding trip which will also take him to Gonaïves and Cap-Haïtien, MINUSTAH spokesman Damian Onsés Cardona said.During his visit he will hold talks with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General Juan Gabriel Valdés, Haitian President Boniface Alexandre, Prime Minister Gerard Latortue, leaders of political parties and members of civil society, the spokesman said. read more