OIF urges Haitians to work for peace

Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF) has urged the government and people of Haiti to work together for the restoration of peace and conciliatory political life in the country.
In a declaration adopted Saturday after the two-day 10th Francophonie summit here, the OIF urged Haitian political stakeholders to work at setting the conditions needed to strengthen democracy in Haiti.
The declaration also called on the parties to make efforts to return the country to the rule of law, national dialogue and free, fair and democratic elections slated next year.
The heads of state and government asked OIF secretary general Abdou Diouf to further develop the initiatives mooted by the organisation for Haiti aimed at implementing the interim co- operation framework supported by the international community, especially the electoral process, justice system and the rule of law.
Political life in Haiti became tense last September when civil society bodies under the umbrella of the "Group of 184" expressed anger at the transitional government led since last March by Prime Minister Gérard Latortue.
The government was formed following the overthrow of president Jean Bertrand Aristide, now exiled in South Africa.

28 november 2004 15:59:00

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