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25-26 June 1999


Original: French

The Council of the Socialist International meeting in Buenos Aires on 25-26 June 1999, informed of the social and political aspects of the crisis in Haiti,

expresses its concern with regard to the deterioration of the political situation seen in Haiti for some months, to the detriment of most of the population of that country, struck as it is by extreme poverty;

condemns the acts of violence which each day increase the climate of insecurity in Haiti;

applauds the efforts towards transparency made by the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) aimed at encouraging a high level of participation in the forthcoming elections at the end of 1999 in Haiti;

encourages the democratic forces of Haiti, especially its member parties, to continue in their efforts to foster a high level of participation of the people in future elections;

asks the SI Presidium to send a delegation of observers to Haiti for the future elections, which are necessary for this country's return to constitutional and institutional normality at the beginning of the 21st century.