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Press Release No:  UNIS/SG/2537
Release Date:  5 April 2000
 Secretary-General Condemns Recent Escalation of Violence in Haiti, 
Following Murder of Director of ‘Radio Haiti’ 

  NEW YORK, 4 April (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for Secretary- General Kofi Annan: 

 The Secretary-General wishes to take the occasion of the murder yesterday of Jean Dominique, who was a Special Advisor to President Preval and the Director of Radio Haiti, to condemn the recent escalation of violence in Haiti. 

 In the Secretary-General’s view, these events underscore the urgent need to re-establish democratic institutions in Haiti. Recalling that last week nine people died in Port-au-Prince alone, the Secretary-General urges all Haitians to refrain from any further acts of violence. He encourages the Government to hold the planned elections in order to meet constitutional deadlines for the seating of Parliament.

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