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8963: News from outside Port-au-Prince (fwd)
News from outside Port-au-Prince (provided by the Haiti Support Group from
In Saint-Marc, the peasant organisation, OJL5, has denounced the rising price
of fertiliser in the Artibonite Valley.
In Petit Goave, the Catholic Relief Service has announced the suspension of
its assistance in providing school meals because of the withdrawal of USAID's
support. Those who benefit from the meals have called on the protagonists in
the national political dispute to return to the negotiating table.
The Lower Artibonite area, around Saint-Marc, has been without electricity
for more than one month. The local office of Electricité d'Haiti says the
problem is caused by a lack of generator fuel.
In the north-east, peasants are questioning the will of the government to
enact the agrarian reform programme. A representative of the National
Agrarian Reform Institute did not doubt the good will of the authorities but
blamed the lack of progress on the persistence of the political crisis.
In Les Cayes, the Thirtieth of September Foundation has organised an
exhibition of photos of victims of the 1991-94 coup. The organisation is also
collecting thousands of signatures for a petition calling for the total
abolition of the Army.
In Port-de-Paix , the work of repairing the town's roads has been blocked by
members of the Croix Saint-Joseph Peasant Movement who are demanding that
work on the town's drainage system be carried out. The situation is worrying
the engineers of the HL company who must respect their contract and complete
the work within a certain time.
The president of the Northern Chamber of Commerce, Georges Marc, hopes that
an accord between the protagonists will be concluded with a view to
relaunching the country's economy. He told AHP that economic activities are
considerably reduced in the Department of the North as a result of the
persisting post-electoral crisis. He said that certain businesses were
starting to lay off their staff because of the drop in commercial activities
in the region.
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