Haiti: US urges Jean-Bertrand Aristide to delay return

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The US has urged Haiti's former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide to delay his return from exile until after presidential elections on 20 March.

A State Department spokesman said it was up to Haiti to decide whether the former leader should be allowed home.

But he said a return before the election could be "destabilising".

A spokesman for Mr Aristide said last Friday that he would return from South Africa "in a few days" but insisted the move was not related to the vote.


US state department spokesman Mark Toner said that for Mr Aristide to return this week "could only be seen as a conscious choice to impact Haiti's elections"....

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