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Will the UN and OAS Recognize Aristide or Coup Leaders?

March 03, 2004
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Michael Galinsky

Director and cinematographer for "Horns and Halos".

Suki Hawley

Director and editor of "Horns and Halos".

We speak with the Center for Constitutional Rights’ Michael Ratner about who the United Nations and Organization should recognize as the legitimate government of Haiti under international law and we take a look at the English translation of Aristide’s resignation letter which he says is altered to omit a key phrase.

At the United Nations here in New York, Haitians and Haitian-Americans protested what they call the overthrow of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

As the Haitians demonstrated at the UN, as well as in San Francisco, Vice president Dick Cheney was giving a rare round of interviews to FOX News and CNN. He told both networks that President Jean-Bertrand Aristide had "worn out his welcome" as Haiti’s president.

The removal of Aristide from Haiti has put the country’s international diplomats into a difficult situation. Aristide claims he did not resign and says that the handwritten message in creole that the US says was his letter of resignation was mistranslated in English. The US says Aristide is gone and that the Haitian Supreme Court justice, Boniface Alexandre, is the interim president. So who speaks for Haiti internationally and at the United Nations?

  • Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights.

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