Thursday, January 20, 2011

Another Former Leader Contemplates Return to Haiti

"Aristide 'ready' to return to Haiti, he says"
By the CNN Wire Staff

January 20, 2011

"Johannesburg (CNN) -- Haiti's former president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, said he is "ready" to return to the country from South Africa "today, tomorrow, at any time." He did not offer any definite plans to go back to the ravaged country.

Aristide has been living in South Africa since fleeing Haiti during a violent uprising in 2004.

"Since my forced arrival in the Mother Continent six and a half years ago, the people of Haiti have never stopped calling for my return to Haiti," he said in a statement provided by South Africa's foreign ministry Thursday.

Aristide's lawyer in the United States said Wednesday that the former president did not have a passport, and the Haitian government will not issue him one.

"If he were free to leave and had a passport, he'd be on a plane tomorrow," said Ira Kurzban."

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