Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Hti: Some rebels in police force

Haiti's new interior minister said on Tuesday he plans to integrate rebels who helped oust President Jean-Bertrand Aristide into the police, but will keep out those accused of human rights abuses.

Former Gen. Herard Abraham also made clear in an interview he wanted to re-establish Haiti's army -- a rebel demand opposed by rights activists and others who feel the impoverished country, which can barely feed itself, has higher priorities. He previously said he would look into the issue.

"There's a plan to re-integrate rebels into the police force," Abraham, a former armed forces chief who in 1989 handed power to a civilian government to end a military dictatorship, told Reuters.

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