Head of UN mission to Haiti died in quake, Kouchner says
The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission to Haiti, Tunisian Hedi Annabi, was killed in the powerful earthquake that rocked the country, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said Wednesday, DPA reported.
All of the people that were "with him and around him" were also said to have lost their lives in the quake, Kouchner told RTL radio.
Earlier, UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Alain Le Roy told France Info radio that the headquarters building of the MINUSTAH peacekeepers was badly damaged.
"We don't know how many people were in it," Le Roy said.
There are usually 200 to 300 people in the building during working hours.
The UN's MINUSTAH currently comprises some 7,000 soldiers and 2,000 police officers, as well as 500 foreign civilians and 1,200 local employees.