Haiti president: UN made errors but should stay

By the Associated Press | September 23, 2011 | 7:05 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Haiti's president has told the United Nations that its peacekeepers committed "unacceptable errors" in his country but they should remain to help with the stalled post-earthquake reconstruction.

President Michel Martelly made the remarks Friday in his first-ever address to the U.N. General Assembly.

He did not specify the errors he was referring to. There are 12,000 soldiers and police in the 7-year-old mission.

One of its units is blamed by scientists and opponents for causing a cholera epidemic that has killed more than 6,200 people.

Five sailors with the mission were recently repatriated to Uruguay and jailed after a video surfaced that critics said showed them sexually abusing a Haitian man.

Martelly said the country of 10 million stands ready to rebuild.