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Aristide's Foes Given 24 Hours to Study Plan

Rebel soldiers consolidated their grip here in Haiti’s second largest city on Monday, sending truckloads of armed men to patrol the streets and going from house to house arresting pro-government militants, while political opposition leaders in the capital, Port-au-Prince, asked for 24 hours to mull over a peace plan presented by the Bush administration and its allies. “They’re moving in our direction, but we’re not there yet,” said an administration official briefed on the talks. Opposition leaders have told Secretary of State Colin L. Powell that they are having a hard time committing to the proposed power-sharing agreement, which has been accepted in principle by President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. The problem, they say, is that their radicalized followers are adamantly opposed to allowing Mr. Aristide to continue in office, even in a titular role. Full Story

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