Statement on Decision to Send International Peacekeepers to Haiti
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following
statement today on the resignation of Haitian President Jean-Bertrand
Aristide and on the announcement that U.S. Marines would be sent
to Haiti as part of an international peacekeeping force:
it is appropriate that an international peacekeeping force is being
sent to Haiti and that the United States is a part of that force,
actions should have been taken to end the violence before it spread
to Port-au-Prince. Had peacekeepers been sent earlier, a political
settlement that better respected the results of the last democratic
election with less bloodshed and chaos could have been achieved.
go forward, the U.S. should be part of a process that respects the
Haitian constitution, reduces violence, and provides humanitarian
assistance to the people of Haiti."
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