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Brazil to Contact Aristide to Help Calm Haitian Violence


Brazil will send an envoy to South Africa to meet with former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, in an effort to help stabilize Haiti.

The Brazilian envoy will brief Mr. Aristide on Latin American efforts to reconcile Haiti's rival factions. The move was announced at the conclusion of a two-day summit in Rio de Janeiro, where Latin American and Caribbean leaders vowed to work together to end political instability in Haiti.

Since late September, at least 75 people have been killed in violence in Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, between supporters and opponents of Mr. Aristide. The ousted president has been in exile in South Africa since February, when he fled a bloody revolt in Haiti.

Meanwhile, the Organization of American States says it has reached an agreement with the United Nations on cooperating on organizing and monitoring elections in Haiti next year.

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