The European Union is calling on Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide to help end violence and threats by armed groups in the Caribbean nation.

The trade bloc issued a statement Friday, urging Mr. Aristide to work to restore "good governance" to Haiti.

The statement said EU officials are "alarmed" by new reports of threats against journalists, human rights workers, political opponents and union leaders. It said armed individuals connected to mafia or popular organizations are responsible for the threats.

The statement comes after Haitian radio station Radio Haiti Inter halted broadcasts last month to protest threats against its employees.

The EU statement also called on President Aristide to help create a provisional electoral council to oversee future elections.