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Opposition rejects talks with Aristide

Caribbean Community leaders end a two-day mission to Haiti, saying President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and his foes remain far apart. Hopes for reaching a peaceful settlement to Haiti’s simmering crisis appeared dashed Thursday after key opposition leaders said they would refuse to negotiate with President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. A mission from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), headed by Bahamian Foreign Minister Fred Mitchell and CARICOM Assistant Secretary General Colin Granderson wound up a two-day mediating visit with Aristide and his foes miles apart. A majority of opposition members aren’t willing to budge from their stance that Aristide resign, according to Haitians who met with the CARICOM delegates, while Aristide is insisting that he will serve the rest of his term, which runs until 2006. Full Story

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