U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has arrived in Haiti for a one-day visit aimed at showing U.S. support for elections scheduled there for November.

Ms. Rice is to meet Tuesday with U.N. peacekeepers and leaders of the interim government, including President Boniface Alexandre and Prime Minister Gerard Latortue.

The elections in Haiti will be the first since a political crisis in 2004 drove then-President Jean-Bertrand Aristide from office.

Haiti has been torn by gang warfare and political violence since Mr. Aristide's departure.

The United Nations, which has 7,000 peacekeepers in Haiti, and the 15-member Caribbean community have offered to help ensure the balloting is free and fair.

Some information for this report provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.