Thursday, July 22, 2004

Ja: Yeah, we want to help Haiti, but...

Jamaica has told Chile that the Caribbean Community (Caricom) remains committed to the people of Haiti and would work to promote law and order and the restitution of constitutional democracy in that country.

Chile has a large contingent of soldiers in Haiti as part of a United Nations Stabilisation Force that was sent to the French-speaking Caribbean country in the aftermath of last February's ouster of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, which caused serious friction between Caricom and the United States, France and Canada.

Caricom, while it has been edging in that direction, has not yet formally recognised the interim administration that was installed after Aristide's ouster, so Chile's President Ricardo Lagos sought to take the temperature of the region's attitude to Haiti during a short stop in Jamaica Tuesday night on his way to Port-au-Prince.

Lagos had a one-hour meeting with Prime Minister P J Patterson, and according to Jamaica House, the Chilean president was told of Jamaica and the wider region's wish to end the isolation of Haiti.
Yawn! SOSDD.


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