An Open Letter to The Leaders of Haiti from NOAH

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An Open Letter to The Leaders of Haiti from NOAH

Post by » Mon Dec 29, 2003 7:29 am


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 29, 2003

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NOAH, The National Organization for the Advancement of Haitians
An Open Letter to The Leaders of Haiti
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Is it too late for Haiti?

Many fear the time for dialogue, negotiation or mediation has passed. They fear we have already passed the point of no return. They fear we are in the hands of destiny and destiny will make of us what it will.

If we stand by and watch the unfurling of events, destiny will no doubt decide in our place. We can, however, still make a destiny of our choosing.

Have we matured enough as a people to listen to each other and to respect one another? Or, are we to forever continue the divisions, discourse, violence and hatred of the past?

We have struggled against slavery of one type or another, both at the hands of colonialists and at the hands of our brothers. Let us choose to give ourselves a chance to live in peace and brotherhood, to be secure in our homes and homeland. On this eve of the bicentennial of our liberation, let us renew our national character. Let us break the chains of violence, poverty, shame and despair that have enslaved us for the past 500 years of our struggle.

NOAH, The National Organization for the Advancement of Haitians, believes that a solution is before us and believes we have the courage to live in peace. Together we will make it possible.

We propose the parties in the current conflict in Haiti engage in a mediation process lasting 30 days using the one-text negotiation procedure. If an agreement is not signed within 30 days, we propose that the next step be a binding arbitration process lasting another 15 days.

NOAH, for its part, will put together a 12 person group to conduct this mediation and if necessary a binding arbitration. This group will be composed of:
3 Members from NOAH and its affiliated organizations;
3 Members from Lavalas and its affiliated organizations;
3 Members from 184 and its affiliated organizations;
3 Members selected among International Personalities known for their judgment and experience in International Affairs, Negotiation and Arbitration.

NOAH makes the following pledge:
1) We will work with you to the best of our abilities to design a mutually satisfactory outcome;
2) The group of 12 will be scrupulously neutral in word and deed;
3) We will not accept Marronage in any shape, form or manner from any side;
4) We will work towards the best interests of the country rather than in the best interest of the politician;
5) We will use our best efforts to ensure those in public office be willing to sacrifice their personal interests for the collective interests of the country; and,
6) We will work to obtain results and will not accept excuses.

We are here to help break the back of our national addiction to destruction. As a Nation, we should and will refuse to follow anyone leading us towards the gates of Hell.

We believe, as John F. Kennedy said, that: "We are not here to curse the darkness, we are here to light a candle." Are you willing to light a candle, or are you still partial to the torch?

The choice is yours.

We need your decision by noon on December 31, 2003. We did not choose this date, our forefathers did, and now is the time for us, their sons and daughters, to fulfill the dreams of freedom and democracy delivered to us 200 years ago. Our collective victory will celebrate, through our actions, this great anniversary, and will honor our ancestors, who lived and died to deliver us a free country. Are we now ready, 200 years on, for Freedom for all. The choice is Yours, Now is the time.

NOAH
The National Organization for the Advancement of Haitians
1400 East West Highway Suite G
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Contact: Dr. Joseph Baptiste
Toll Free: (1) (800) 355-0204
Fax: (1) (301) 585-5395
E-Mail: jbaptiste@noahhaiti.org, jbapdoc@aol.com
Internet: http://www.noahhaiti.org
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Questions for NOAH

Post by admin » Mon Dec 29, 2003 11:31 am


Dear members of NOAH,

I am certainly glad to see Haitians, mostly living abroad to my knowledge, take an active interest in solving the current debacle in Haiti, the mother country to which we have an eternal debt of gratitude and for which we never cease to manifest our deep interest and attachment. However, your present initiative certainly raises some questions, of which I will formulate a few for now and see if you have any interest in responding to them.

Your letter is vaguely addressed to "The Leaders of Haiti". Who exactly do you consider to be the Leaders of Haiti? Are you talking about Haiti's government leaders, its business leaders, its civil society leaders, its peasant leaders, its popular organization leaders, its political party leaders, its religious and other institutional leaders, its elected leaders, its self-appointed leaders, its foreign government or foreign political institution appointed leaders, its economic class leaders, its born leaders, its inherited leaders, its would be leaders, etc? Who exactly are the leaders of Haiti to whom you address your letter and from whom you specifically expect an answer in 2 days [ "by noon on December 31, 2003" ] . With such a short deadline, it would seem imperative that you clarify your request, unless you have already done so privately and not openly, as your open letter would suggest.

Furthermore, you write...

[quote]NOAH, for its part, will put together a 12 person group to conduct this mediation and if necessary a binding arbitration. This group will be composed of:
3 Members from NOAH and its affiliated organizations;
3 Members from Lavalas and its affiliated organizations;
3 Members from 184 and its affiliated organizations;
3 Members selected among International Personalities known for their judgment and experience in International Affairs, Negotiation and Arbitration. [/quote]

Excuse my ignorance, but who are the organizations affiliated to NOAH? Who are the organizations affiliated to Lavalas? Who are the organizations affiliated to 184, and for that matter who are the 184? Is there an open enrollment or open affiliation to those said organizations? Will NOAH itself select those 12 members and how will this selection be accomplished? In closed or open quarters? What about the eligibility of those who may be at once members of NOAH, Lavalas, 184, and their respective affiliated organizations? To determine their eligibility, would you have them choose which side they would prefer most to represent or would they be automatically excluded due to the fuzziness of their multiple affiliation?

Finally, when it comes to the selection of 3 International Personalities, "known for their judgment and experience in International Affairs, Negotiation and Arbitration", would you please spare us the Carters, the Clintons, the Kissingers, any ex-ambassador to Haiti, and the French, to be sure, at this time of commemoration of Haiti's national independence? In fact, would this not betray an admission that there simply are not, in all of Haiti and among all Haitians, 3 Personalities known for their judgment and experience in National Affairs, Negotiation and Arbitration? I would like to suggest some to you, but this would require some serious research and take more time than that you allocated to the formulation of a response from Leaders as yet designated, at least not in an open forum.

Finally, how can we be assured that this is not yet another elitist initiative excluding a true representation of the voice of the vast majority of Haitians from the internal affairs of the Republic of Haiti? I hope that you will not take offense at this particular question or any of the above, because my personal reading of 200 years of elitism and national dependence has led me to ask them in all sincerity. I do mean to praise you for your sense of citizenship and organizational responsibility, but your present initiative invites a serious analysis of yet another "democratic" undertaking, amid the graveyard of other failed experiments.

Receive, dear members of NOAH, the expression of my fraternal respect and honor.

Guy S. Antoine
Windows on Haiti

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