UNITED NATIONS (AP) _ The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Sunday to authorize the immediate deployment of an international military force to Haiti for three months to restore order.
The vote came minutes after the Pentagon announced that U.S. Marines had begun begin deploying to Haiti as the vanguard of an international security force. The Marines are expected to be joined in the coming days by soldiers from France, Canada and several Caribbean nations.
The resolution stated that ``the situation in Haiti constitutes a threat to international peace and security and to stability in the Caribbean, especially through the potential outflow of people to other states in the subregion.″
It authorizes ``a multinational interim force″ to remain in the lawless Caribbean nation for no more than three months and says the Security Council will then be prepared to establish a U.N. peacekeeping force to remain in Haiti for a longer, unspecified period.