Aristide Claims He Was Kidnaped – US Denies

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WASHINGTON, March 1 — President Jean-Bertrand Aristide asserted Monday
that he had been driven from power in Haiti by the United States in “a
coup,” an allegation dismissed by the White House as “complete
nonsense.”

 Mr. Aristide, who relayed his accusation by telephone from the
Central African Republic to news organizations and members of Congress,
contended that he had been kidnapped and forced to leave Haiti at
gunpoint.

 “The allegations that somehow we kidnapped former President
Aristide are absolutely baseless, absurd,” said Secretary of State
Colin L. Powell.

from the New York Times

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