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Powell disappointed in haiti government { February 12 2004 }

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Powell says he opposes `regime change' in Haiti

Thursday, February 12, 2004
2004 Associated Press

(02-12) 12:29 PST WASHINGTON (AP) --

Secretary of State Colin Powell expressed disappointment Thursday in the government of Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide but said he does not see "regime change" as the solution to the violence in the Caribbean nation.

Powell recalled that instability in Haiti 11 years ago prompted tens of thousands of Haitians to flee on boats for the United States.

"We'll do everything we cannot to have that situation again," Powell told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., warned that the violence could lead to chaos in Haiti. He said the Bush administration was pursuing a hands-off policy.

Powell denied the suggestion and said he has been dealing with the situation on a daily basis.

He said he planned to discuss Haiti at a meeting Friday that was to include Cesar Gaviria, secretary general of the Organization of American States, and Bill Graham, Canada's foreign minister, as well as representatives from Caribbean countries that are trying to work out a peaceful solution jointly with the OAS.

The United States has strongly supported that effort.

2004 Associated Press



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