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19/01/2011 18:53:45

Haiti - Politic : Letter of Aristide about his return in Haiti
Former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide wishes to return in Haiti. The Haitian authorities have refused to renew his passport, as confirmed by Mr. Brian Concannon, director of the American Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, that follows the legal situation of the former president http://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-2151-haiti-politic-the-haitian-government-refuses-to-renew-the-passport-of-aristide.html Faced with this refusal, the former President Aristide wrote to the Government of South Africa to express his desire to quickly return in Haiti, in the hope that the governments of Haiti and South Africa enter into communication in order to make that happen in the next coming days. We publish the letter sent by former President Aristide on this topic :

Dr Jean-Bertrand Aristide
Former President of Haiti

19 January 2011

I would like to thank the government and the people of South Africa for the historic hospitality, deeply rooted in Ubuntu, extended to my family and I.

Since my forced arrival in the Mother Continent six and a half years ago, the people of Haiti have never stopped calling for my return to Haiti. Despite the enormous challenges that they face in the aftermath of the deadly January 12, 2010 earthquake, their determination to make the return happen has increased.

As far as I am concerned, I am ready. Once again I express my readiness to leave today, tomorrow, at any time. The purpose is very clear: To contribute to serving my Haitian sisters and brothers as a simple citizen in the field of education.

The return is indispensable, too, for medical reasons: It is strongly recommended that I not spend the coming winter in South Africa’s because in 6 years I have undergone 6 eye surgeries. The surgeons are excellent and very well skilled, but the unbearable pain experienced in the winter must be avoided in order to reduce any risk of further complications and blindness.

So, to all those asking me to return home, I reiterate my willingness to leave today, tomorrow, at any time. Let us hope that the Haitian and South African governments will enter into communication in order to make that happen in the next coming days.

United to the Haitian people, once again my family and I express our sincere gratitude to the government and the people of South Africa.

Dr Jean-Bertrand Aristide

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