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In Boston, Haitians urge US action to end chaos
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Boston Globe (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Boston, Mass.
Author: Indira A.R. Lakshmanan, Globe Staff
Date: Oct 13, 1993
Start Page: 11
Section: METRO/REGION
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Hours after a US Navy transport ship turned back yesterday from its mission to restore democracy to Haiti, Haitian-American community leaders in Bostonmourned the uncertain future of their country and predicted that if swift action is not taken to return Haiti's ousted president to power the consequences for both the United States and its Caribbean neighbors will be dire.

Lt. Gen. Raoul Cedras, Haiti's military ruler, had promised to step down this Friday and ensure the safety of US and UN troops assigned to train police, patch roads and build barracks, schools and hospitals in preparation for [Jean-Bertrand Aristide]'s return. But yesterday, Cedras was evasive about his resolve to resign and told US representatives that he could not control the armed bands opposed to Aristide's return.

"If they back down, it will be a blow to the prestige of institutions like the UN, and it will give the green light to antidemocratic forces and antisocial elements like drug traffickers," said Jean Geneus, the Aristide-appointed Haitian consul general in Boston, which with 60,000 Haitian immigrants has one of the country's largest Haitian communities.

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