U.N. says Haiti needs international help

UNITED NATIONS - Strong international involvement in Haiti remains indispensable to cope with security threats and ensure the success of reforms, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon said in his latest report released Wednesday, according to the Tolerance webzine.

"Strong international involvement remains indispensable for continued progress," Ban noted, according to the report, stressing the key role of the 9,000-strong UN troops and police in responding to security threats and criminal activity and backing state authority along the country's border with the Dominican Republic.

He also made clear that the reform of the rule-of-law structures was key to bolstering stability in the impoverished Caribbean nation.