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Haiti's PM seeks Aristide's help to end violence

Post by admin » Sat Jan 22, 2005 8:50 pm

Haiti's PM seeks Aristide's help to end violence
22 Jan 2005 00:58:12 GMT

Source: Reuters

By Joseph Guyler Delva

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Haiti will send an envoy to South Africa to ask ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and the Pretoria government for help restoring stability and preparing for elections, the interim prime minister said on Friday.

Gerard Latortue said his government would welcome initiatives by African diplomats to help negotiate an end to a wave of violence between pro- and anti-Aristide forces that has killed at least 240 people since September.

It was the first time any Haitian official publicly expressed the need to talk to Aristide as a means to bring peace to the impoverished country. Latortue wants Aristide to urge his supporters to halt the violence.

"The special envoy that will have
to go to Pretoria will meet with ex-President Aristide and also with (South African) President (Thabo) Mbeki so that they may say how they see the situation and give the country a chance," Latortue told Radio Tropic FM.

Latortue encountered heavy resistance from other Haitian political players, sources close to the prime minister said. Parts of Haiti are still controlled by the rebels and former soldiers who drove out Aristide.

South African Vice President Jacob Zuma, who was attending a U.N. summit on small island states in Mauritius last week, said then that South Africa was ready to participate in efforts to resolve Haiti's political turmoil, if asked to do so.

Aristide fled Haiti in February 2004 after a monthlong armed revolt and amid U.S. and French pressure to quit. He took refuge in South Africa, but his supporters, especially in Haiti's slums, demand his return.

Scores of Aristide supporters marched on Thursday through the Port-au-Prince slum of Bel-Air to call for
Aristide's return and said there could be no dialogue or reconciliation without his participation.

Mbeki has been harshly criticized by Aristide's opponents for warmly welcoming the former Haitian leader they accused of despotism and corruption.

Latortue's U.S.-backed interim government was appointed to lead the country through a transition culminating in elections by the end of 2005, with a new president due to take office in February 2006.

Rights groups have accused Haiti's interim authorities of serious human rights abuses against Aristide allies, which the government has denied.

T-dodo

Post by T-dodo » Sun Jan 23, 2005 7:46 am

Prime Minister Latortue has lived long enough in the United States. He must have heard of that elementary principle of maintaining good human relations with others: "Don't burn your bridges." Perhaps, someone should send him as a gift, a copy of Dale Carnegie's book:"How to Win Friends and Influence People," also known in French:"Comment se Faire des Amis."

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Post by admin » Sun Jan 23, 2005 7:51 am

I am slightly confused. When does Latortue serve Aristide the warrant for his arrest : before or after he is asked to help with the political situation ? ? ?

Leonel JB

Post by Leonel JB » Mon Jan 24, 2005 5:23 am

The Irony with Latortue and everyone else who is trying to blame the Democratically elected President for the political unrest in Haiti, is, they all know that the selected government is responsible for the killings and wrongful arrests of innocent people.

Mr. Latortue, there is a case of Pre-Meditation by your so-called Freedom Fighters (guy philippe et Co).

Right after being used by the US and forsaken, your best friends (FF) declared that it will be impossible to have Peace in Haiti, by any means necessary.

You made your bed, therefore, you need to sleep in it.

Please, don't try to divert our attention. You should have the guts to arrest your killers or Freedom Fighters...

leonel

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