- Title: HAITI: PRESIDENT ARISTIDE MEETS DELEGATES FROM CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY (CARICOM).
- Date: 5th February 2004
- Summary: (W1) PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI (FEBRUARY 04, 2004) (REUTERS) GV: EXTERIOR OF PRESIDENTIAL PALACE MV: CARICOM DELEGATES ARRIVING AT PALACE MV: BAHAMAS FOREIGN MINISTER FRED MITCHELL GREETING ARISTIDE MV: VARIOUS OF HAITIAN PRESIDENT JEAN-BERTRAND ARISTIDE MEETING WITH DELEGATES (3 SHOTS) GV: DELEGATES LEAVING PALACE (SOUNDBITE) (English) HAITIAN PRESIDENT JEAN-BERTRAND ARISTIDE SAYING: "I expressed that wish that one day, could be soon, as soon as possible, I would have the pleasure to be with my fellow countrymen from the opposition, from the civil society, through dialogue, moving ahead together towards a resolution. This is what we think and we are convinced that this will pave the way for a solution." (MEDIA CUTAWAY) ARISTIDE SAYING: "I personally, because of that full respect, I cannot go to the opposition and oblige them to talk with me. I have to respect them and give them time to think about it and see how and when they can make it.' MV: ARISTIDE LEAVING MV/GV/PAN: VARIOUS OF DEMONSTRATORS GATHERED OUTSIDE COURT CHANTING ANTI-GOVERNMENT SLOGANS (3 SHOTS) (SOUNDBITE) (French) DEMONSTRATOR MONTES JOUSSAINT, SAYING: "We are outside the court asking justice authorities to suspend the persecution of our comrade Luc Mane and to suspend the illegal charges against him." VARIOUS: DEMONSTRATORS CHANTING; POLICE ON SITE; TYRES BURNING IN STREET (8 SHOTS)
- Embargoed: 20th February 2004 12:00
- Location: PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI
- Country: Haiti
- Topics: General,People
- Reuters ID: LVACZV2BQBYVPS8HZB8JO787ZXNA
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- Story Text: Haiti's President Jean-Bertrand Aristide meets with CARICOM delegates.
Haiti's embattled President Jean-Bertrand Aristide met with delegates from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Wednesday (February 4) attempting to help resolve the ongoing political strife that has left over 50 people dead over the last few months.
Following the meeting, Aristide expressed his willingness to meet with opposition groups to resolve the crisis.
"I expressed that wish that one day, could be soon, as soon as possible, I would have the pleasure to be with my fellow countrymen from the opposition, from the civil society, through dialogue, moving ahead together towards a resolution," Aristide said.
"This is what we think and we are convinced that this will pave the way for a solution," Aristide added.
As Aristide met with the CARICOM delegates, dozens of anti-government demonstrators gathered outside a Port-au-Prince courthouse where they were demanding his resignation and showing support for one of their own who was arrested for disorderly conduct during a protest.
"We are outside the court asking justice authorities to suspend the persecution of our comrade Luc Mane and to suspend the illegal charges against him," said one protester.
Some of the demonstrators burned tyres and police were called in to disperse the small crowd with tear gas.
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