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Haiti - Aristide : Back home
18/03/2011 10:16:33

Haiti - Aristide : Back home
As expected, the private jet, in which are the former President Aristide and his family, was refueled in Dakar, Senegal. Before this stop, Mildred Trouillot Aristide the wife of the former President reported "It was a great tragedy that took us from home" addind that "It’s been a long time that we needed to be at home. We are very pleased and anxious"

During the stopover in Dakar, the former President declared to Amy Goodman, the journalist of Democracy Now which is also in the plane "I think that the Haitian people are very happy, happy to know that we are on our way heading to Haiti, happy to know that finally their dream will be fulfilled [...] they fought hard for democracy. They always wanted the return to happen and now it is happening. I share their happiness, I share their hope and I renew my commitment to serve them in the field of education [...] I also thank so many of our other friends of the Haitian people that share the same goal. I thank them on behalf of the Haitian people "

The flight from Dakar, is scheduled to land (except delay) this Friday at 10:00am, with 12 people aboard and three crew members at the Toussaint Louverture International Airport of Port-au-Prince, according to an airport source.

Update : Aristide arrived in Port-au-Prince (9:05am)

Who will ensure the security of the former President has his arrival ?
Last Thursday at the weekly press briefing of the United Nations in Haiti, the question was posed to Major General Luiz Guilherme Paul Cruz, Force Commander of the Minustah by a reporter of Folha (Brazilian media) : "General, you are aware that President Aristide has requested a personal protection to Haitian authorities. Can you tell me if the Minustah could provide this protection to Aristide, as the Haitian authorities have refused to accede at this request ?" Major General Cruz simply respond "The protection of Mr. Aristide does not fall within the mandate of the Minustah and this matter should be handled directly between him and the Government of Haiti"

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