May 24, 2001
OAS/CARICOM MISSION WILL VISIT HAITI
The Joint OAS/CARICOM Mission to Haiti, led by Secretary General Cesar Gaviria and former Dominican Prime Minister, Dame Eugenia Charles, will visit Port au Prince from May 29 to 31, 2001.
The Joint Mission, established on May 9 following an agreement by Prime Minister Owen Arthur of Barbados, Chairman of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM, and Secretary General Gaviria, will further attempts at a resolution of the political problems which have confronted Haiti since the elections of May 21, 2000. The Mission will meet with President Aristide, with representatives of political parties and civil society, with other local leaders and with representatives of the international community in Haiti.
As noted in an earlier press release, the formation of this Joint Mission responds to the request articulated by Prime Minister Jean Chretien of Canada during his closing statement at the III Summit of the Americas in Quebec City and to an earlier mandate from CARICOM leaders in mid February 2001.
The Joint Mission will report to the OAS General Assembly in Costa Rica, June 3-5, 2001.