Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Hti: Aristide still deciding where to go

If it's Nigeria, he's seeking asylum. If it's Venezuela, then he's looking to overthrow the new government of Haiti.

Exiled former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, offered temporary asylum by Nigeria, is looking at his options and will make a decision soon on where he goes, a spokesman said on Tuesday.
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"He is still looking at all his options, thus he has not decided if he will accept the offer from Nigeria," said Huntley Medley, who is acting as a spokesman for Aristide.

"He is expressing thanks to Nigeria, which now joins a few other countries which have offered to allow him to stay there," Medley said in a telephone interview.

Medley declined to name the other countries that have made offers. One is Venezuela, where President Hugo Chavez said last week his country did not recognize the new government in Haiti and Venezuela's doors were open to Aristide.
Nigeria's offer is nice, but it is far from power and far from Colombian mega-bucks.

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