Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide must quickly resign and hand over the reins to a power-sharing government if he is to stop his country's rapid slide towards ''uncontrolled'' bloodshed, France told a delegation of senior Haitian officials in Paris on Friday.
President Jean-Bertrand Aristide declared he is ready to die to defend his country against a bloody rebellion, indicating he plans to cling to power. The United States government, citing continued violence, urged Americans to leave Haiti.
The Haitian president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, was under increasing pressure to seek a political settlement to the escalating violence in Haiti, after he called for international help to stave off civil war and a humanitarian disaster.
Former soldiers took Haiti's rebellion to the key central city of Hinche, torching the police station and freeing prisoners as President Jean-Bertrand Aristide appealed for international help to end a bloody uprising. Rebels have driven police out of more than a dozen towns in 12 days.
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Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide vowed to remain in office until his term runs out in 2006, and charged that the rebels trying to depose him fear elections, in an interview published by The New York Times on Tuesday. He is facing a rebellion in several cities that since February 5 has cost the lives of more than 55 people.