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Annan's Special Envoy On Haiti Goes To Jamaica

Annan's Special Envoy On Haiti Goes To Jamaica, Caribbean Community's Chair

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Envoy to Haiti, John Reginald Dumas, went to Jamaica today for talks on peace-building in Haiti with Jamaican Prime Minister Percival J. Patterson, the chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

The Security Council approved a resolution on Sunday calling on the UN, CARICOM and the Organization of American States (OAS) to "promote the rebuilding of democratic institutions" and combat poverty in <"Haiti>">Haiti.

CARICOM and the OAS were the lead organizations in trying to work out a compromise between then-Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and his unarmed opposition prior to Mr. Aristide's departure.

Representatives of the UN's Department of Political Affairs and Department of Peacekeeping Operations, meanwhile, went to a meeting in Washington, D.C., convened today by the OAS Group of Friends of the Secretary-General on Haiti to share information about the Caribbean nation's situation.

Attending the meeting were representatives of OAS member States, as well as other interested countries and organizations.

A UN spokesman, responding to press questions in New York, repeated that Mr. Annan had authorized the UN Development Programme ( UNDP) Resident Coordinator in Haiti, Adama Guindo, to join a CARICOM-proposed tripartite committee that would recommend nine Haitians who would, in turn, name an interim government.

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