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Caribbean leaders begin talks on Haiti

Leaders of the 15-member Caribbean Community met with representatives of Haiti’s opposition parties behind closed doors Tuesday to hear their grievances against President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. The two days of talks are being led by Prime Ministers Perry Christie of the Bahamas, P.J. Patterson of Jamaica and Patrick Manning of Trinidad and Tobago. U.S. and Canadian observers are also here, as well as Luigi Einaudi, deputy secretary general of the Organization of American States, and Colin Granderson, assistant secretary general of CARICOM. Einaudi and Granderson have long been involved in attempts to ease Haiti’s political crisis. ”This is an important opportunity to exchange views on the situation of Haiti,” said Lionel Delatour of the Center for Free Enterprise and Democracy, a private-sector opposition group. Other opposition members here represented various sectors of Haitian society. Full Story

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