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Bush: International force planned to help Haiti

President Bush said Friday that the international community is “planning for a multinational force” that could be sent into Haiti if needed — but only after a political settlement of the tiny nation’s burgeoning insurgent crisis. Earlier, Pentagon officials told CNN that the United States was considering dispatching three ships with 2,200 Marines to sit off Haiti’s coast as a precautionary measure. But the officials stressed that the decision had not been made. Bush did not describe who would make up such a force, but said: “We’re interested in achieving a political settlement, and we’re still working to that effect. We’re planning for a multinational force that would go in and make sure that if aid needed to be delivered, or there needed to be some stability, that it could go in, dependent upon a political settlement.” Full Story

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