PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The United Nations' new envoy to Haiti has begun her post as the head of mission for the peacekeeping force in the Caribbean nation.

Sandra Honore of Trinidad and Tobago is taking over from Mariano Fernandez who left the position in January to pursue a possible career in politics. Honore's title is the special representative of the Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, and head of mission.

Honore has worked as a diplomat since 1979. She has worked for the Assistant Secretary-General of the Organization of American States and also for an OAS electoral observation mission in Haiti in the mid-1990s. She has also been an ambassador.

The U.N. mission in Haiti has been here since a violent rebellion toppled former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 2004.

The U.N. made the announcement Monday.