- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 26, 2009

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI (AP) - U.S. officials have inaugurated a $1 million police station in a Haitian slum once dominated by gangs.

The walled Cite Soleil (see-teh soh-LAY) commissariat will house 32 Haitian police.

U.N. peacekeepers led by Brazil have provided the only real security in the sprawling oceanside neighborhood since the 2004 ouster of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

The U.S. Embassy says the expansion of the former U.N. base is part of the Pentagon’s $20 million Haiti Stabilization Initiative to strengthen government institutions in Cite Soleil.

U.S. Ambassador Janet Sanderson praised efforts to rebuild Haiti’s police force at the station’s inauguration Wednesday.

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