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By Joseph Guyler Delva
Sat Jan 7, 2006 1:26 PM ET
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Reuters) - The commander of the United Nations' peacekeeping force in Haiti was found dead in his hotel room on Saturday after apparently shooting himself in the head, U.N. officials said.
The Brazilian army initially referred to the incident as a "firearm accident," according to news agency reports in Brazil.
The presidential election was originally scheduled for November but has been put off repeatedly and now is expected to take place in February. Haiti's interim authorities have blamed the U.N. mission and the Organization of American States for the delays, a charge both organizations refute.
7 January 2006
The U.N. Secretary-General was shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Lt. Gen. Urano Teixeira da Matta Bacellar, the Force Commander of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), who was found dead this morning in his accommodations. A full investigation is under way.