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UN peacekeeping nations discuss whether sex abuse scandal will affect Haiti mission’s future

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — Foreign ministers and defense chiefs from the Latin American countries that have more than 12,000 peacekeepers in Haiti called a meeting Thursday to consider how the alleged sex abuse of a Haitian teenager by Uruguayan sailors might affect the future of the U.N. mission.

Brazil has made public its wish to reduce its forces ahead of an eventual withdrawal, and Uruguayan President Jose Mujica seconded that idea ahead of the meeting in Montevideo.

“We are not in Haiti to retire there,” Mujica said Wednesday after he offered apologies to the people of Haiti over the alleged sex abuse case.

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