Washington's Anti-Aristide Game Plan for Haiti
Friday, 25 June 2004, 10:21 am
Press Release: Council on Hemispheric Affairs
Murky circumstances surrounding the departure of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide may at last be clarified.
The resolution by the Organization of American States (OAS) in favor of an investigation of the U.S-orchestrated removal of the Haitian leader is a triumph for CARICOM, especially Jamaica, which stubbornly persisted in raising questions about the dubious circumstances surrounding Aristide’s ouster. It also represents a defeat for the U.S. and France, which self-servingly blocked any move towards an investigation by the UN – perhaps afraid of embarrassing revelations that might arise.
At long last, there is a clear acknowledgement by the OAS that the transfer of power in February may have violated the Interamerican Democratic Charter and represented an unconstitutional interruption of Haiti’s democratic process.
The strong stand taken by the OAS throws into sharp relief the listless performance of the United Nations, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and his aide for Haiti, Reginald Dumas.
The OAS investigation should be followed by an international inquiry aimed at bringing to justice those responsible, both in Port-au-Prince and in Washington, for the illegitimate transfer of power in an atmosphere of violence.
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