OAS Agrees on Haiti Resolution
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) _ Weary of fruitless mediation, the Organization of American States agreed Tuesday to work with President Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s latest proposal to resolve Haiti’s yearlong political crisis _ but only if he replaces pledges with action.
``We expect concrete actions, no more empty promises,″ U.S. Ambassador Luis J. Lauredo told the assembly before it passed the resolution to applause.
In Haiti, skeptical opposition leaders rejected the proposal and charged the organization is giving Aristide what he wants: the opportunity to bypass their demands for immediate elections while getting international help to unblock hundreds of millions in aid dollars suspended after tainted legislative elections last year.
In a resolution carefully couched with provisos, foreign ministers of the 34-nation bloc accepted Aristide’s timetable to hold new elections in stages between this year and November 2004.
They also agreed, if Haiti progresses toward ``an enduring solution to the crisis,″ to help persuade international monetary institutions to unblock aid.
The resolution calls on all sectors of Haitian society, especially opposition parties, to accept Aristide’s overture and ``compromise totally.″