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US calls for dialogue and compromise in Haiti

Published:Monday | February 18, 2019 | 12:27 PM
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PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti,  CMC – The United States says it believes “genuine dialogue and compromise” will help end the situation in Haiti where opposition political parties have been staging street demonstrations demanding the resignation of President Jovenel Moise.

In a statement released by the US Embassy, Washington said that it welcomes President Moise’s call for national dialogue and was encouraging “all of Haiti’s lawfully elected representatives, and all Haitians who seek a peaceful political solution consistent with Haiti’s constitution, to engage in an inclusive dialogue – without resorting to violent action”

Opposition political parties have been staging street demonstrations in support of their calls for President Moise to step down, after accusing him of not investigating allegations of corruption in the previous government over PetroCaribe, an oil alliance of many Caribbean states with Venezuela to purchase oil on conditions of preferential payment.

Over the last weekend, nearly 200 demonstrators burnt an American flag in Port-au-Prince, calling for Russia to assist Haiti to resolve the crisis.

The protesters accused Washington of being responsible for the situation in Haiti, having “put President Jovenel Moïse in power”.

Rejecting US interference and the occupation of Haiti, protesters shouted loudly “Down Americans, Long Live Putin”.

The opposition parties have claimed that at least 10 people have died and more than 150 injured since the new round of demonstrations began on February 7.

Washington said that it shares the desire of the Haitian people for a better future and that “genuine dialogue and compromise, leading to a transparent and accountable government, can best serve the needs and aspirations of the Haitian people”.

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