Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Haiti Sans Cedras

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Haiti Sans Cedras

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THE last of the Haitian junta's terrible trio - Lt. Gen. Raoul Cedras - officially stepped down Oct. 10. He joins Brig. Gen. Philippe Biamby, who resigned Oct. 8, and Port-au-Prince police chief Michel Francois, who fled earlier to the neighboring Dominican Republic.

General Cedras has promised to leave Haiti, reversing his earlier statement that he would only step down, not leave. The Dominican Republic has indicated that it will not let any of the ousted military leaders stay there for long. Venezuela, saying its proximity to Haiti would increase the chance of it being used as a base for mixing in Haitian politics, has denied asylum to the exiles. Other nearby countries should take the same helpful attitude.

The way is now open for President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to return Oct. 15 to delirious celebrations by the majority of Haitians. Accompanying President Aristide will be an end of international economic sanctions. Shipments of diesel oil and gas are on the way. …

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