Dozens of demobilized soldiers have taken over the home of ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in a Port-au-Prince suburb.

A spokesman for the former soldiers says they plan to use the home as a base to improve security for people in the area.

The action comes one day after U.N. peacekeepers stormed a stronghold of Mr. Aristide's supporters to control areas that have been flashpoints of violence.

Meanwhile, the top U.S. diplomat for Latin America, Roger Noriega, Wednesday called on governments and institutions to speed up disbursement of more than $1.3 billion pledged to Haiti at a World Bank conference in July.

Mr. Noriega also stressed the need for Haiti's interim leadership to provide security, prepare for elections, and defend the human rights of Haitians.