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HAU, St. Fleur Host Town Meeting On Crisis

Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
DesRosiers,Steve (Author)
Newspaper Article
Publication Date:
Dorchester, MA
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Caribbean area, United States, Politics and government, Blacks, Haiti, Culture, Presidents, Organizations, Refugees, Haitian, Haitian-Americans United, Inc, St. Fleur, Marie, 1962-
Rep. St. Fleur and the panelists also called for a change in the Bush administration's policy denying safe harbor to Haitians fleeing Haiti for the shores of Florida by boat. In a strong show of support for St. Fleur's resolutions, representatives of presidential hopeful [John Kerry] circulated a statement from the candidate supporting the presence of a multinational police force in Haiti including police from the United States, OAS and CARICOM. The statement also called for U.S. funded training and support for Haiti's police force, the lifting current sanctions on aid to Haitians for health and education programs, and renewed pressure on international financial institutions to assist the Haitian government in confronting these issues. Kerry's statement went on to state, "If we hope to lead the nations of the world toward a more democratic future, we must act now to protect a fragile democracy in our own backyard."