U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings: Resolution      2 26 2004

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U.S. Representative Alcee L. Hastings Introduces Legislation
Calling For International Efforts to End the Violence in Hait

International Efforts will require U.S. Assistance

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Contact: Fred Turner
February 26, 2004
Office: (202) 225-1313

Washington, DC - U.S. Representative Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) introduced legislation today calling for international efforts to end ongoing violence in Haiti. Representative Hastings' resolution also summons the United States government to assume a leadership role in the international mission, and calls on Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to announce early elections.

"Finding an immediate solution that will bring stability while strengthening the democratic process in Haiti must be our first priority," said Representative Hastings. "President Bush has appallingly neglected the Haitian crisis, with his only involvement to date being the shameful reversal of more than 50 years of American and international refugee law and practice."

Additionally, Representative Hastings' resolution calls on the Secretary of State to request a special United Nations General Assembly Session to consider a UN-sponsored peace-building mission to Haiti; calls on the Secretary of Defense to play a "leading role in establishing and, if necessary, deploying an international stabilization force in Haiti"; and requests the Administrator of United States Agency for International Development (US AID) to commit humanitarian assistance.

"To put an end to violence, the best solution is to involve the international community in ceasing the hostilities, to find respite and protect the population," concluded Representative Hastings. "A peaceful and democratic solution is needed that respects the rule of law, most importantly, the rights of Haiti's citizenry."

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