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Haitian Leader Warns of Exodus and Appeals for Help

Warning of a blood bath in the capital and a wave of refugees fleeing across the Caribbean to Florida if the rebels advancing against him are not stopped, President Jean-Bertrand Aristide urged the international community on Tuesday to hasten plans to intervene in the deepening crisis.The prospect of such a conflict seemed much closer on Tuesday night, after the political opposition rejected a regionally brokered power-sharing plan. Opposition leaders refused to accept a pact that would allow the president to serve, with greatly reduced powers, until the end of his term in office in February 2006. “The international community has an illusion it can turn Jean-Bertrand Aristide into the Queen of England and give the real power to the prime minister and Parliament,” said Micha Gaillard, one opposition leader. “That’s utopia,” he added. “Even if they strapped his hands to the throne, we know he would create a parallel government, a parallel police force with his gangs.” Full Story

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