US needs to speak to Aristide - SA

2011-03-15 17:23

Cape Town - South Africa would not press exiled former Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide to delay his return to his home country, and Washington should take the matter up with Haiti directly, Deputy International Relations Minister Marius Fransman said on Tuesday.

"It is not our responsibility if America feels that he should only go in two weeks, in three weeks or four weeks, they need to engage the Haitian government on that matter.

"Obviously we can't dictate to people when they should leave South Africa or not leave South Africa," Fransman told a media briefing in Cape Town.

He said South Africa's role in Aristide's return was confined to a "supportive one" and the matter was mainly handled by the Haitian embassy in Pretoria.

The US state department has called on Aristide not to return Haiti before run-off presidential elections on Sunday, for fear his presence could influence that process.

Fransman said there would be a press conference in coming days to cast light on Aristide's plans.

  • Bienaime - 2011-03-15 18:29

    Let Aristide go to Haiti. He does not need the approval of the US. The Haitian president already gave him a diplomatic passport that he can return to his homeland. Haiti is for Haitians , and Duvalier is waiting for Aristide to a group of former presidents to help the next government lead the country toward reconstruction and national reconciliation.

  • Bienaime - 2011-03-15 18:36

    I am talking as a Haitian ; we , Haitians, have been the mockery of some nations because they always stick their nose in our business and they always encourage corruption in our country because it works for them, in their best interests, not in the interests of the Haitian people. Now we are waiting for the Gov of SA to show solidarity to the Haitian people by not bowing under anyone's pressure. Let Aristide go when he chooses to go.

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