December 18, 2001
STATEMENT BY SECRETARY GENERAL
UNREST AND VIOLENCE IN HAITI
Organization of American States remains gravely concerned over the
political and social unrest in Haiti, and once again vigorously condemns
Monday's attack on the National Palace. The Organization views the
resort to violence as a severe threat to democracy, political stability
and economic development, and rejects vehemently any effort to use force
to remove the government of any member state.
take note of Presidents Aristide’s condemnation of violence from any
source. Haiti and its people need calm and peace at this very difficult
time in their history.
OAS has received reports that the homes of several opposition leaders
and the offices of the main opposition coalition and three of its
constituent parties were set on fire during the widespread violence and
disturbances which beset Port au Prince and other cities in Haiti on
December 17th in the wake of an attack on the Presidential
General Gaviria condemns unequivocally all acts of violence which
threaten lives and property.
government of Haiti has a clear obligation to protect all its citizens
and to exercise restraint in the restoration of law and order.