Canada says it will host an international conference on supporting Haiti's political and economic development on June 16 and 17 in Montreal.

In a statement, Monday, Canadian foreign ministry officials said the conference will review several topics, including the status of the UN peacekeeping force that is currently serving in Haiti and elections due to be held later this year.

Canada, the United States, France and other countries have pledged to help Haiti recover from political unrest that forced the departure of elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide early last year.

Haiti's current transitional government is scheduled to serve until the inauguration of a new elected president early next year. However, violence and instability continue to afflict Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere.

Some information for this report provided by AFP