PORT-AU-PRINCE, March 4 (Xinhua) -- A senior UN peacekeeping official visited the base camp of the Chinese peacekeepers here on Thursday, lauding them as an excellent contingent of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti.
Ann-Marie Orler, the deputy UN police adviser, paid a surprise visit to the base camp of China's anti-riot police squad after cancelling an originally planned trip to Nigeria's facility.
She inspected the tents where the peacekeepers sleep, watched their formation drill, and toured a vegetable plot where cabbages, Chinese cabbages, towel gourds were planted.
The UN official said she had never imagined that the Chinese squad knew how to grow vegetables.
Political Commissar Hu Yunwang and Captain Liu Jianhong of the Chinese squad then joined Orler to inspect the arsenal room where all equipment was kept in order.
Orler said many people had told her that the Chinese contingent was very professional, and seeing with her own eyes made her believe the Chinese were excellent.
Haiti is the Western Hemisphere's poorest country and has for decades struggled with devastating storms, floods and political unrest. Around 9,000 UN peacekeepers have provided security since a 2004 uprising ousted one president. The mission lost more than 40 members, including its top leaders, when its headquarters collapsed in the Jan. 12 earthquake.