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Haiti Accreditation Ceremony for U.S. Ambassador Canceled

November 29, 1989

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ The accreditation ceremony for new U.S. Ambassador Alvin Adams was canceled Tuesday and no date was fixed for him to present credentials, the Foreign Ministry said.

It said Lt. Gen. Prosper Avril, ruler of this Caribbean island nation, was suffering from influenza.

Although the U.S. Embassy said the government had not ″expressed its displeasure with Ambassador Adams,″ neither state television nor the government daily L’Union mentioned his arrival Friday night.

At Port-au-Prince airport, the 48-year-old envoy spoke of the Avril government’s ″irrevocable promise ... to hand over power to an elected civilian government,″ and said Haiti has a ″rendezvous with democracy and free, honest, and secure elections.″

His remarks, in French and Creole, were criticized by Le Petit Samedi Soir, a rightist weekly that accused him of meddling in Haitian affairs.

″The new American diplomat perhaps has the excuse of lack of culture,″ wrote its political commentator, Frantz Bataille, ″but one doesn’t arrive, booted and helmeted, with a threat in one’s mouth.″

A U.S. Embassy official, who spoke on condition of not being identified, said he understood Avril ″was under the weather.″

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