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8334: Metropole: GISC spokesman comments on meeting with OAS official Einaudi (fwd)

From: Max Blanchet <maxblanchet@worldnet.att.net>

Haiti: GISC spokesman comments on meeting with OAS official Einaudi
BBC Monitoring Service - United Kingdom; Jun 16, 2001

Text of report by Haitian Metropole radio on 15 June

The meeting between the OAS assistant secretary-general and the Civil
Society Initiative Group [GISC] did not allow the GISC to relieve its
apprehension following the resolution adopted by the OAS [General Assembly]
in Costa Rica. The GISC expressed doubts about the realization of a credible
electoral process in the current political environment. However, the GISC
thinks that it should be positive when it scrutinizes the various paths for
a negotiated way out of the crisis. The GISC's Rosny Desroches spoke as

[Desroches - recording] Of course, we had some reproaches to make to the OAS
on the way that the issue was handled and the way that the resolution took
into account the proposals of only one party. Despite all that, we were able
to recommend that the protagonists should examine the proposals that
resulted from the resolution and consider them as a starting point for
resuming the negotiations on the formation of the CEP [Provisional Electoral
Council]. Then, discussions should take place on all the accompanying
measures that should be taken so that an electoral process that can be truly
credible so that this CEP can function in an acceptable and decent manner
and so that we can have [words indistinct] for the Haitian people.

[Unidentified journalist] What did Einaudi say about those accompanying
measures for a political environment?

[Desroches] Well, Einaudi is in favour of those measures, of course. As
regards security, we cannot function without reinforced security measures
and without a neutral police institution with respect to the electoral
process. There must be a complete absence of intervention in the operations.
The police institution should ensure the security of the operations, instead
of interfering directly. He agrees with that. But now the question is where
and how we shall find the means. That is the question that is being asked. I
think that all the parties, national and international - because of the
interest of the international community in Haiti's affairs - should join
their efforts to guarantee the free application of its rights.

Source: Radio Metropole, Port-au-Prince, in French 1145 gmt 15 Jun 01

/BBC Monitoring/ © BBC.