The Galveston Daily News from Galveston, Texas on October 15, 1993 · Page 5
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The Galveston Daily News from Galveston, Texas · Page 5

Galveston, Texas
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Friday, October 15, 1993
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Clinton hinting at naval action Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Clinton pledged Thursday to take additional steps to help restore democracy to Haiti and hinted he might consider some form of naval blockade — but under another name. "The people in Haiti would be sadly misguided" to think the United States will walk away from the U.N. effort to return ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Clinton said. _ Hours after his remarks, the justice minister of the Haitian transition government, Guy Malary, was assassinated as he was leaving his government building, according to a report by Haiti's Radio Metropol. The White House expressed dismay at the report. Earlier at a news conference, Clinton defended his decision to withdraw from Port-au-Prince harbor a U;S. troop ship that an angry mob had prevented from docking. He said the troops aboard were lightly armed and not on a combat mission. Strong support But while expressing skepticism about the U.N.'s ability to resolve internal disputes elsewhere, Clinton voiced strong support for the mission in the Caribbean nation. Noting Aristide had been elected president by an impressive two- thirds margin in December 1990 "and can't even get into office," Clinton said: "We're going to change that." Aristide, a 40-year-old Catholic priest, was deposed in September 1991. He currently lives in an apartment in the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C. The United Nations Security Council voted Wednesday to reim- pose sanctions against Haiti, including economic sanctions and an oil and arms embargo. The Haitian military and police were given until Monday to stop undermining the plan to return Aristide to power by Oct. 30. "TiVe are going to do some more things unilaterally in the next day or two," Clinton said. Naval blockade He did not elaborate. But later, when asked if he would support a naval blockade of Haiti, Clinton said: "I support strongly enforcing the sanctions..And over the next few days we will be announcing the form in which the sanctions enforcement will take place." "The word 'blockade* is a term of art in international law, which is associated with a declaration of war, so I have to be careful in using that word. But I think that we have to enforce the sanctions," he said. Western diplomats at the United Nations privately said the United States might press for both a naval blockade and air embargo. FRIDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 15,1993 THE GALVESTON DAILY NEWS 5-A ^••MMHMMi^^WMMi^MMOMMMMaOTMM Haitian official assassinated in setback to democracy bid I I Ik I I* i •••••••^^•B 1-11- u 1 ., . . . . ._ U.N. police team had just pulled out Associated Press PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — A U.N. police team pulled out of Haiti Thursday, weakening the prospects for ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's return by Oct 30 under a U.N. plan. Within hours, gunmen assassinated the pro-Aristide justice minister. Aristide ^^ _ The withdrawal represented the premature end of a TIN. plan to The body of Haitian Justice Minister Guy Malary, center, lies next to the body of a security guard, foreground, and his driver, rear, after they were assassinated In Port-au-Prince Thursday. shortly after noon. In the morning, 51 Canadian Moun~ ---; . „„ ties flew home in a clear sign that a The assassmafaon of Guy Malary U.N.-brokered plan to restore was the latest m a series of killings democracy was foundering and other violence aimed at sabotaging the U.N. plan to return Aristide to power. Malary was part of the transitional government installed on Sept. 2 to pave the way for Aristide's return. Radio Metropol reported Malary was leaving the Justice Ministry building in his car when gunmen in another car shot him. A driver and two security guards also were killed in a hail of bullets, Metropol director Richard Widmeier said. Like many Cabinet members in the transition government, Malary had received death threats since joining the administration, said Ira Kurzban, a friend and lawyer in Miami who specializes in Haitian issues. He said Malary handled court work for the U.S. Embassy in Haiti. Malary was not previously associated with Aristide, and Kurzban said he believed the killing "shows that work for the U.N. peace plan that no one is safe." calls for Aristide's return. Ariatide Malary, a corpo- and army commander Lt. Gen. rate lawyer in his Raoul Cedras, who participated in 30s, attended the coup, signed the accord in July. Georgetown and The United Nations sticks by its Howard universi- Oct. 30 date for Aristide's return, ties m Washing- but it was increasingly apparent ton The assassi- that violence fomented by his oppo- nation occurred nen ts would prevent the deadline from being met. The plan ran into trouble on Monday when military-backed port authorities refused to allow the USS Harian County to dock Anti- U.N. demonstrations orchestrated by the military prompted Washington to withdraw the warship . Tuesday and push for renewed Tuesday of sanctions to pressure Haiti's mili- warship carrying military tary to yield power to Aristide. •\f\£\-r+fl n Yt/~l /Viirll nCf ' -.„ * -——.«. leers ana civil afiairs The UJvf. Security Council voted advance of the return Wednesday to re-impose an oil and who was n^ted m a arms ^3^ ^ &e&K ^ asse(s c »up. of Haiti's military leaders on Oct. Haiti as 18 if they do not keep their promise ground- to return Aristide. Looking For Low Cost Insurance? call 744-4414 For the BEST. S/rvicc & the BEST Price WE WANT/YOUR BUSINESS! 2001 61st I M-f 9-6. Sat .9-9 Auto (SR22), Motorcycle, Jrucks, Home, Apt. Sfattiw, Se Habla Espahol BRING A FRIEND! 2 FOR 1 -S25 READING- Consult Qahmxton's OnJy C«rtIR»d Psychic Ructer & Advisor. She will give advice on all problems of Life — tell your past, ptesent and future Jhrough the use of tarot cards or a crystal reading and read bingo hands. 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