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#3213: Japan warns Haiti of possible aid suspension (fwd)
Japan warns Haiti of possible aid suspension
.c Kyodo News Service
TOKYO, April 11 (Kyodo) - Japan on Tuesday cautioned Haiti that it may have
to suspend its economic aid should there be any further delay in its
parliamentary and local elections.
''If the democratization process remains stagnant, and the current worsening
of security...continues, it is feared that Japan's smooth implementation of
economic cooperation for Haiti might be hindered,'' Foreign Ministry
spokesman Ryuichiro Yamazaki said in a statement.
Yamazaki called it ''indispensable'' for Haiti to gain stability and
democracy in a bid to reduce poverty and develop its economy.
Japan ''is concerned'' over Haiti's postponement of elections which had been
scheduled for Sunday -- the fourth such postponement -- without clarifying a
new date, Yamazaki said.
''It is regrettable that, in spite of the various support activities for
Haiti including election preparations that have been extended so far by the
international community including Japan, the elections have been repeatedly
postponed, and the democratization process in the country has been long
delayed,'' he said.
''Japan strongly hopes that free and fair elections will be carried out at an
early date, that the parliament and the local assemblies will have their
functions restored, and the political situation will be normalized as soon as
possible,'' Yamazaki said.