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Aristide heading for Jamaica
阿里斯蒂德将前往牙买加

Thursday, March 11, 2004 Posted: 2332 GMT (0732 HKT)

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (CNN) -- Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide is to travel to Jamaica early next week, Jamaican Prime Minister P.J. Patterson has said.
牙买加,金斯敦----牙买加总理 P.J. Patterson 宣布,海地前总统Jean-Bertrand Aristide将于下周前往牙买加。

☆ former 从前的, 以前的

Aristide is currently in the Central African Republic, where he fled after resigning and leaving his turbulent country February 29 in the face of an advancing rebel insurgency.
阿里斯蒂德现在正在中非共和国,他在2月29日面对国内日益发展的叛乱的形势下,作出辞职决定并逃离了这个混乱的国家。

☆turbulent 狂暴的
    insurgency 叛乱, 叛乱状态


Aristide has said he was abducted by the United States and forced to leave, a charge Washington has vehemently denied.
阿里斯蒂德宣称自己是被美国绑架并被迫离开的,美国对此表示否认。

☆ abduct 诱拐, 绑架

Patterson said Aristide will come to Jamaica to see his children.
Patterson称阿里斯蒂德将前往牙买加看望他的孩子们。

 

"Mr. Aristide has expressed a wish to return temporarily to the Caribbean with his wife and to be reunited with their two young children who are currently in the United States," said a statement on Patterson's Web site.
一条在Patterson的网站上的声明称:“阿里斯蒂德先生表达了同妻子一起回加勒比海并同现在正在美国的孩子们重聚的愿望。”

☆ reunite 会合,重聚


"At his request, arrangements are being made for his travel and accommodation in Jamaica."
“针对他的要求,已经安排了他的行程以及在牙买加的住所。”

☆ accommodation 住处, 膳宿,

 

Patterson's statement said the former Haitian president is not seeking political asylum in Jamaica.

 

"His stay in Jamaica is not expected to be in excess of eight to 10 weeks," the statement said.

Patterson said Aristide is engaged in seeking permanent residence outside the Caribbean region.

Jamaica, which lies 115 miles (185 kilometers) west of Haiti, is a member of the Caribbean Community which last week called for an international inquiry into the circumstances of Aristide's departure.

In his statement, the Jamaican prime minister also praised newly appointed Haitian Prime Minister Gerard Latortue.

"He is well known to the regional and international community and highly respected," Patterson said.

"He has already been in direct contact with me and proposes to visit Jamaica for discussions prior to the meeting of Caricom heads of government in St. Kitts later this month."

Speaking on Wednesday, Latortue said his top priority was to restore security in the country after a bloody uprising that prompted Aristide's resignation.

"I ask all Haitians to work hand-in-hand to bring Haiti forward out of the crisis," Latortue told reporters.

Aristide, Haiti's first democratically elected president, disbanded the country's military in 1995 after it overthrew him in a 1991 coup. A U.S. military intervention restored him to power in 1994.

Latortue dismissed Aristide's claims he was abducted by the U.S. saying the former leader was a "liar" and that his rule "is already the past."

"He says whatever he wants and then after that, changes the meaning of the word," Latortue said.

"I think the international community should be conscious now -- 10 years -- that Aristide has been lying to everybody."

Aristide insists he is still the country's rightful president.

In Paris, Aristide lawyer Brian Concannon said his client will file complaints against U.S. and French authorities in those countries' courts and has asked for an investigation by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

"The resignation letter was signed under pressure, after several government supporters and police officers had been killed and after he and his family and supporters had been repeatedly threatened," Concannon said.

"Thus, the document holds no legal value, since it was explicitly signed under duress."

Latortue said Aristide had been pressured to quit, but was not abducted.

"Of course, he did not want to leave, and of course they put some pressure on him," Latortue said.

"But he was not kidnapped. ... It's in his imagination. He creates his own world and he believes it is reality."

CNN's Fitzroy Prendergast, Lucia Newman, Harris Whitbeck, Jamie McIntyre, Barbara Starr and, Ingrid Arnesen contributed to this report.