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Former Haitian Soldiers Vow to Provide Security in Port-Au-Prince  - 2004-10-14

Former Haitian soldiers who fought to oust former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide say they intend to provide security to help stop street violence in the capital, Port-au-Prince.

A spokesman for the former soldiers said Wednesday the men have gathered in a hillside suburb outside the capital.

Supporters of Mr. Aristide have been blamed for unrest in the capital over the last several weeks that has left more than 20 people dead.

The U.S. State Department has condemned the violence and accused the supporters of trying to destabilize Haiti's interim government.

The unrest comes as Haitians struggle to recover from catastrophic flooding caused by Tropical Storm Jeanne.

Armed gangs are also demanding an end to the presence of U.N. peacekeeping troops in Haiti.