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Aristide Passes on Nigeria Asylum Offer

Ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide will not take Nigeria up on its offer of temporary asylum, an associate said Tuesday. Randall Robinson, an African-American activist, also accused the United States of exerting diplomatic pressure to shuttle Aristide far away from the Caribbean. Robinson said he had spoken with Aristide, who is in Jamaica, by telephone after Nigeria Monday offer of asylum. “He has not asked and does not want to go to Nigeria,” Robinson said by phone from his home on the nearby island of St. Kitts. “He has not requested to do so.” Robinson is a former president of TransAfrica, a Washington-based group that monitors U.S. policy toward Africa and the Caribbean. Full Story

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