December 17, 2001
CONDEMNS VIOLENCE IN HAITI
Secretary General Cesar Gaviria, deeply concerned by reports of a coup
attempt and disorder in Port au Prince, vigorously condemns violence and
appeals to all Haitians to refrain from acts of mutual aggression.
Assistant Secretary General Luigi Einaudi, who returned last week from
Port au Prince, the Secretary General stresses the need to complete the
accord between the ruling Fanmi Lavalas and the opposition coalition
Convergence Democratique being negotiated with the assistance of the
Jean Bertrand Aristide has pledged to the OAS that he will guarantee
such an accord, which would address problems arising from the May 2000
elections. In turn,
the OAS and Caricom, with support from the European Union, have said
that they would assist the government of Haiti in fulfilling its
obligations under the settlement.
Secretary General reiterates the importance of the rule of law and
pledges the support of the OAS for democracy in Haiti.
“The government and people of Haiti,” he said, “must be
allowed to reach a consensual political solution to stabilize the
country and facilitate peaceful economic and socialdevelopment.”