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Statement by the Press Secretary: The Letter President Clinton Wrote to President-Elect Aristide of Haiti

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                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release
December 7, 2000


     There have been queries about a letter President Clinton wrote to
President-elect Jean Bertrand Aristide of the Republic of Haiti.  On
December 1, 2000, President Clinton wrote President-elect Aristide to
express his hopes and concerns with regard to the evolution of democracy in
Haiti as President-elect Aristide prepares to return to office. President
Clinton underscored his personal commitment to a better future for Haiti
and better relations between our two countries, stressing the importance of
building an inclusive society dedicated to the goals of justice and the
rule of law.


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