93/10/11 Statement on US Response to Events in Haiti  Return to: Index of 1993 Secretary of State's Speeches/Testimonies || Electronic Research Collections Index || ERC Homepage

Note: This Electronic Research Collection is an archive site. For the most current information, please visit the State Department homepage.
U.S. Department of state
93/10/11 Statement on US Response to Events in Haiti
Office of the Spokesman

                      U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
                      Office of the Spokesman

For Immediate Release                    October 11, 1993

                          STATEMENT BY 
                          OCTOBER 11, 1993

President Clinton, from the outset of his administration, has strongly 
supported efforts of the United Nations and the Organization of American 
States to bring about a return to constitutional government and 
President Aristide to his duly elected position in Haiti.

On July 3 at Governor's Island, President Aristide and General Cedras 
agreed to a transition process that would culminate in the return of 
President Aristide on October 30, 1993.  Part of that agreement extended 
an invitation to the international community to deploy a contingent who 
would assist with the professionalization of the military and police and 
help encourage them to support the duly constituted government.

Part of this international presence is to include U.S. and Canadian 
military engineers and their logistical support. They are going to Haiti 
to help professionalize the Haitian military by training in basic 
military skills and by civic action, such as assistance on construction 
projects.  They are not going to perform a peacekeeping mission.

By agreement of all the parties to the Governor's Island accords, this 
international contingent was to be offered a peaceful environment with 
the full support of the local police and military organizations they 
would be training and assisting.

Those promises have not been kept.  Elaborate arrangements for the 
berthing of an American landing craft, the Harlan County, were not in 
place when it arrived today off Port au Prince.  The appropriate 
officials were not on hand to greet the LST and there have been 
provocative demonstrations in the port area that were not restrained by 
the police or the military.  We believe the current situation does not 
justify docking the ship at this time.

There are signs throughout Haiti that those who wish to thwart the 
return of democracy are testing the government of Prime Minister Malval 
and, as important, the will of the international community.  They are 
willing to put self-interest in the way of history and of changes that 
will benefit all the Haitian people.  We believe the people of Haiti 
will find their behavior unacceptable.

We insist that the Haitian military and police authorities create a 
permissive environment and permit the peaceful entry into Haiti of the 
military engineers, trainers and support staff that are there to help 
the people of Haiti.  In the view of the United States, failure to do so 
would put them in violation of the Governor's Island accords to which 
they are parties.

Moreover, in light of these disturbing developments in Haiti, the United 
States will move today in the United Nations Security Council to ask the 
Secretary General for an urgent report on the situation in Haiti and for 
prompt consideration of appropriate consequences for a failure to comply 
with the Governor's Island accords, including the possible reimposition 
of economic sanctions which would focus heavily on those most 
responsible.  Our Ambassador at the United Nations, Madeleine Albright, 
will raise these points at a meeting of the Security Council this 

The UN mission in Haiti that the U.S. will assist is a mission of peace.  
That mission requires the support of Haitian authorities.  If they do 
not meet their responsibilities to the international community and to 
the people of Haiti that will benefit from this work, then they will 
bear the burden of the consequences that will follow.


To the top of this page