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U.S. Assembles Peacekeeping Coalition in Haiti

Aristide Says American Troops Ousted Him Against His Will. Twenty-four hours after ushering Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide into exile, the Bush administration hurried yesterday to assemble an international peacekeeping force and a credible caretaker government, dismissing Aristide’s sharp claim that he had been kidnapped by U.S. troops. Aristide telephoned U.S. politicians and activists from the Central African Republic to charge that U.S. forces expelled him against his will, an allegation that Secretary of State Colin L. Powell rejected as “absolutely baseless” and “absurd.” While Powell signaled to Aristide in his final hours that his position was unsustainable, he said Aristide made his own decision to flee in the face of broad political opposition and an angry rebel militia. He said the former Haitian leader did a “wise and patriotic thing.” Full Story

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