Obama concerned over Haitian situation

2011-03-17 18:06

Port-au-Prince - A White House spokesperson says President Obama has personally weighed in on the apparently imminent return from exile of former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

The spokesperson, Tommy Vietor, said Obama had recently called President Jacob Zuma, because Aristide had been in exile in Pretoria since he was ousted in a rebellion in 2004.

Vietor told The Associated Press on Thursday that Obama told South African President Jacob Zuma about "deep concerns" the U.S. has over Aristide's plans to return just before Haiti's presidential election Sunday. He says the U.S. believes Aristide's return could be destabilizing to the fragile country.

A Zuma spokesperson said he was not aware of the call.

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