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Haiti's Interim PM Rejects Direct Talks with Ousted Aristide


Haiti's interim Prime Minister Gerard Latortue says he has no plans to send a special envoy to South Africa to meet with ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

Earlier reports said Mr. Latortue was sending a representative to talk with Mr. Aristide and South African President Thabo Mbeki. Mr. Aristide has been living in exile in South Africa since he was forced from power last February.

The reports said the envoy would try to convince Mr. Aristide to persuade his followers to stop fighting his foes and help stabilize Haiti before elections planned this year.

More than 200 people have died in the violence since September.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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