[Marxism] Calls for UN probe into Aristide exit (Al-Jazeera)

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Thu Mar 4 13:18:38 MST 2004

(Very good sign of rising international
concern and protest against the US coup.
Governments everywhere can see that the
handwriting's on the wall should any of
THEM be targeted for a US overthrow.)


Calls for UN probe into Aristide exit

Thursday 04 March 2004, 20:28 Makka Time, 17:28 GMT

Controversy surrounds Aristide departure from Haiti

South Africa has called for a probe into the circumstances
leading to the exit of ousted Haitian leader Jean-Bertrand

It would be a serious breach of international law if it was
proved that he had been forced to quit, said the country's
Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

"The suggestion that President Aristide may have been
forced out of office, if true, will have serious
consequences and ramifications for the respect of the rule
of law and democracy the world over," she said.

"The international community must not be seen to be
wavering in its commitment to democracy and the respect 
for the rule of law, particularly in the face of
anti-democratic forces," Dlamini-Zuma said.

"In this regard, we join in the call for an investigation
under the auspices of the UN to clarify these circumstances
leading to the departure of President Aristide," she said.

UN criticised

Dlamini-Zuma, who is currently in New Delhi, also slammed
the United Nations for its slow-footed action on Haiti.

"The slow response of the UN Security Council to pleas for
assistance by the government of Haiti, however, remains a
matter of serious concern," she said.

She said the Security Council "should remain true to its
mandate of being an organ for the collective security for
all and therefore respond speedily to conflict situations
with a view to the restoration of peace and stability."

On Wednesday, Caribbean Community president Percival
Patterson described Aristide's departure from power as a
"dangerous precedent," and said that area leaders will not
negotiate with rebel leaders in Haiti.

The Caricom chief also called for a top level independent
investigation into Aristide's departure.

"The unconstitutional removal of any leader cannot be
condoned," Patterson said.

"What has happened represents a very dangerous precedent
not only for Haiti but for all democratically elected
leaders and governments throughout the world," he said.

Aristide, speaking from exile in the Central African
Republic, claims he was pushed from power by the United
States. Washington has strenuously denied it did other than
accompany Aristide to safety and exile once he called for

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