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French Want to Send U.N. Troops to Haiti

Tuesday, 17 February 2004 12:00 AM

The impoverished Caribbean nation is in the grip a growing civil war which threatens to involve Washington, and the U.S. fears increasing numbers of Haitian refugees will flee to the shores of Florida.

At issue is the increasing displeasure with Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Arisitide, who has been accused of bankrupting the national treasury and looting millions in foreign aid.

Arisitide is serving his second presidential term. He was returned to power in 1994 under the threat of a U.S. military invasion by the Clinton administration.

Arisitide was restored to power and the U.S. did send several thousand troops to "stabilize" Haiti for two years, but eventually scaled back its forces in favor of local Caribbean troops, but those too had since been reduced.

Now, Paris wants the U.N. to intervene.

French government sources tell NewsMax that despite an initial "cool" response from Secretary of State Colin Powell, Paris intends to lobby Washington for support.

While the size, composition, mandate and financing of such a force is yet to be decided, Washington is expected to provide no more than financing and logistical military assistance.

Privately, diplomatic sources tell NewsMax that Canada and Mexico will be "encouraged" to offer troops to the U.N. force.

Newly elected Canadian prime minister Paul Martin, eager to mend fences with the Bush White House, is expected to help facilitate the creation of such a U.N. 'Blue Helmet' operation.

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