South Africa's President Thabo Mbeki says former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide may be able to return home.

Mr. Aristide has lived in exile in South Africa since fleeing a 2004 uprising in Haiti.

But Mr. Mbeki told South African radio Sunday he sees no reason why Haiti's newly-elected president Rene Preval would oppose Mr. Aristide returning home.

He said he thinks a determination will come after the two men consult about the timing of such a move, so that, in his words, it does not create unnecessary problems.

President-elect Preval and Mr. Aristide were once political allies but broke over the corruption scandal that helped to bring down Mr. Aristide's presidency.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.