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Haiti opposition group denies declaring ceasefire for bicentennial

The head of an armed opposition group battling Haiti’s President Jean Bertrand Aristide claimed the government had fabricated a statement in which he allegedly called a truce. Buteur Metayer told a private radio station in the capital that a “journalist had imitated my voice” and recorded the statement released to the press Monday declaring a ceasefire. The truce was to have marked the impoverished state’s 200th anniversary of its independence on January 1. The recorded statement said the ceasefire would allow foreign dignitaries, including South Africa’s President Thabo Mbeki, to join Aristide in events in Metayer’s stronghold of Gonaives, the town where independence from France was declared on January 1, 1804. Full Story

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