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7690: Quebec: OAS Asked to Follow-up Situation in Haiti (fwd)
From: Max Blanchet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Leaders urge action to end political problems in Haiti
Quebec City, Canada, CANA - Leaders of the 34 western democracies
who ended three days of talks here on Sunday have asked the head
of the Organisation of American States to visit Haiti "in the near future"
to seek an end to the current political impasse there. "We have asked
the Secretary-General of the OAS, Cesar Gaviria, to work with
CARICOM (the Caribbean Community) to hold consultations, to visit
Port-au-Prince in the near future, to report his findings to the OAS
before the next General Assembly, and to ensure adequate follow-up,"
Canada's Prime Minister, Jean Chretien, announced at the end of the
Summit of the Americas.
Haiti has been under pressure from the international community to get its
house in order following controversial legislative and senate elections in
May 2000 which gave the Lavalas Family Party of Jean Bertrand Aristide
almost total control of the senate.