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Haiti's Coup - March 6, 2004

Haiti's fate in the balance
Patterson meets UN envoy for talks on CARICOM's position
Omar Anderson, www.jamaica-gleaner.com
PRIME MINISTER P.J. Patterson said a decision on whether Haiti will remain a member of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is to be made at a special meeting in St. Kitts and Nevis later this month. He was speaking with Reginald Dumas, the very recently appointed Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan at a meeting at Jamaica House yesterday. From March 25-26, CARICOM will, at its inter-sessional meetings, discuss and analyse its future relation with the beleaguered nation. Full Article

Aristide muzzled
Contact with journalists restricted, say hosts
BANGUI, (AFP) - The Cabinet in the Central African Republic went into talks yesterday, reportedly to discuss what to do with their difficult guest, ousted Haitian leader, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, and took steps to keep him quiet. National radio announced that all local and foreign journalists with questions relating to Aristide, who has annoyed his hosts with embarrassing statements, must henceforth first address themselves to the CAR authorities. Full Article

Coup in Haiti by Amy Wilentz
For those who know Haitian history, this has been a time of eerie, unhappy déjà vu. Part of the pain is to see the elected president coerced out of office by heavy-handed pressure from the United States and France, accompanied by a show of force and the threat of a blood bath. But to also hear that he's been spirited off to a secret location is to be bluntly reminded of the fate of the fabled leader of Haiti's revolution, former slave and stable boy Toussaint L'Ouverture, who was entrapped by the French, bound, and hustled away from Haiti on a ship, to die in solitary confinement in a fortress prison in the Jura mountains in France.
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¤ Aristide supporters protest against US "occupation"
¤ Haitian rebels press to re-establish army
¤ Canada to send 450 troops to Haiti
¤ Large protest in Haiti focuses on role of U.S.
¤ Supporters of ousted president vent anger outside embassies
¤ Canada to send 450 troops to Haiti
¤ Aristide supporters protest 'occupation'
¤ High death toll in Haiti
¤ Haiti: US Soldiers' Boots Follow Footprints From the Past

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