UN says Haiti headquarters damaged in earthquake

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The headquarters of the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Haiti sustained “serious damage” in Tuesday’s earthquake and a large number of UN personnel in Haiti are unaccounted for, the U.N. peacekeeping chief said late Tuesday.

Alain Le Roy says other U.N. installations in the Caribbean nation were also seriously damaged. He says the U.N. Peacekeeping Department is still in the process of gathering information on the extent of the damage and the status of U.N. personnel following the “catastrophic earthquake.”

The United Nations has a 9,000-strong peacekeeping force in Haiti, which has been there since a rebellion in 2004. The force has been credited with helping to curb violence and crime in the Western hemisphere.