Choices for Haiti

October 11, 1991|By The Miami Herald

TO HEAR coup leader Brig. Gen. Raoul Cedras tell it, you'd think that he and Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide had an argument, and the president resigned.

Signed a paper, he did.

Then the general -- to save his president's life -- got him safely off to exile in Venezuela. Only then did the general reluctantly, oh so reluctantly take power himself.

Other than its doubtful veracity, there's one other small problem with this scenario: Like him and his policies or not, Aristide is Haiti's democratically elected president.

With luck, sanctions and warnings by the Organization of American states will persuade General Cedras of the gravity of his misdeed. If not, then the organization's newly adopted list of "any measures deemed appropriate" to reinstate an overthrown constitutional government will shrink to one: OAS military intervention.

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