Annan supports OAS call on Haitians to resolve political crisis

12 June 2001

Secretary-General Kofi Annan supports the call by the Organization of American States (OAS) for all Haitians to commit themselves to resolve the current political crisis, a United Nations spokesman said today in New York.

The Secretary-General has followed with "deep interest" the political situation in Haiti since the closure of the International Civilian Support Mission there, spokesman Manoel de Almeida a Silva told the press at UN Headquarters. "He was encouraged by the joint OAS - CARICOM mission to Haiti, which recently reported its findings to the 31st General Assembly of the OAS in San Jose, Costa Rica."

Mr. Annan notes that the OAS has adopted a resolution calling upon all Haitians to commit themselves to addressing the current crisis. That resolution was based on the report by the OAS-CARICOM mission, and in consideration of the recent initiatives by Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

"The Secretary-General fully supports this call and all other efforts by the Organization of American States and the Caribbean Community, which aim to strengthen democracy and respect for human rights in Haiti," the spokesman said.


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