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8690: President Aristide expresses hope for end of negotiations (fwd)
Dated: July 13, 2001
Contact: Michelle Karshan, Foreign Press Liaison for President Jean-Bertrand
Tel.: (011509) 228-2058, Email: email@example.com
PRESIDENT ARISTIDE EXPRESSES HOPE THAT THE NEGOTIATIONS
WILL REACH A CONCLUSION THIS WEEKEND
July 13, 2001 - During his speech at the opening ceremony of CARICOMís office
in Haiti, President Jean-Bertrand Aristide expressed his hope that the good
news this occasion brings will be further solidified by a resolution to the
political crisis via a conclusion to the negotiations this weekend.
President Aristide discussed further his concerns about the negotiation
process in an interview with local journalists pointing out that Fanmi
Lavalas has made considerable concessions. Highlighting those concessions,
the President said that the resignations of the seven senators, the agreement
by the parliamentarians to shorten their terms so that new staggered
elections could be held are examples of extreme sacrifices that have been
made in the interest of the nation. The President also said that the respect
afforded by Fanmi Lavalas and the negotiations themselves were also examples
of efforts and concessions made by Fanmi Lavalas and the government.
During his trip to Port-au-Paix earlier this week, the President asked what
concessions have been made by the Convergence during this process. Last
night President Aristide again stressed the importance of reaching a balanced
accord once more calling for mutual respect in the process.
The opening of CARICOMís office in Haiti demonstrates the commitment of
CARICOM to the process of integrating Haiti into CARICOM as a full member.
CARICOM believes that Haiti is prepared to meet the institutional and other
challenges to full integration.
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