Here is the text of President Clinton's announcement Sunday night about Haiti:
My fellow Americans, I want to announce that the military leaders of Haiti have agreed to step down from power. The dictators have recognized that it is in their best interest and in the best interest of the Haitian people to relinquish power peacefully, rather than to face imminent action by the forces of the multinational coalition we are leading.
Our objective over the last three years has been to make sure that the military dictators leave power and that the democratically elected government is returned. This agreement guarantees both those objectives.
It minimizes the risks for American forces and the forces of the 24 nations of the international coalition. And the coalition maximizes the orderly transfer of power to Haiti's democratically elected government.
This is a good agreement for the United States and for Haiti. The military leaders will leave. The United States and coalition forces will arrive, beginning tomorrow (Monday), and they'll do so in conditions that are less dangerous, although still not without risk.
It will be much easier to preserve human rights, and there is a real chance of a more orderly and less violent transfer of power. And to the supporters of President (Jean-Bertrand) Aristide, he will be returned.
I ask that all Haitians remember what President Aristide said just a couple of days ago, no vengeance, no violence, no retribution, this is a time for peace. That is what the United States is going, along with our coalition partners, to work for.
As all of you know, at my request President (Jimmy) Carter, Gen. Colin Powell and Sen. Sam Nunn went to Haiti to facilitate the dictators' departure just yesterday (Saturday). I have been in constant contact with them for the last two days. They have worked tirelessly, almost around the clock, and I want to thank them for undertaking this crucial mission on behalf of all Americans.
Just as important, I want also to thank the men and women of the United States armed forces. It was their presence and their preparations that played a pivotal part in this agreement.
Under this agreement the dictators have agreed to leave power as soon as the Haitian Parliament passes an amnesty law as called for by the Governor's Island agreement. But in any event, no later than Oct. 15.
They've agreed to immediate introduction of troops from the international coalition, beginning, as I said, as early as tomorrow (Monday).
They have also pledged to cooperate fully with the coalition troops during the peaceful transition of power, something we have wanted very much. I have directed United States forces to begin deployment into Haiti as a part of the U.N. coalition and (Army Lt.) Gen. (Henry) Sheldon, our commander, will be there tomorrow (Monday).
The presence of the 15,000-member multinational force will guarantee that the dictators will carry out the terms of the agreement. It is clear from our discussions with the delegation that this agreement only came because of the credible and imminent threat of the multinational force. In fact, it was signed after Haiti received evidence that paratroopers from our 82nd Airborne Division, based at Ft. Bragg, N.C., had begun to load up to begin the invasion which I had ordered to start this (Sunday) evening. Indeed, at the time that the agreement was reached, 61 Americans planes were already in the air.
Because of this agreement, the United States and other coalition troops now going to Haiti will be able to go in under much more favorable conditions than they would have if the generals had not agreed to relinquish power.
But let me emphasize that this mission still has its risks and we must be prepared for them. Haiti is still a troubled country and there remain possibilities of violence directed at American troops. But this agreement minimizes those risks and maximizes our chance to protect the human rights of all Haitians, both those who support President Aristide and those who oppose him; and to create an environment in which President Aristide can return, as he said, without violence, without vengeance, without retribution.
Under the terms of U.N. Security Council Resolution 940, an international coalition from 25 nations will soon go into Haiti to begin the task of restoring democratic government. President Aristide will return to Haiti when the dictators depart.
On Thursday night, I told you that the United States must act here to protect our interests to stop the brutal atrocities that threaten tens of thousands of Haitians, to secure our borders and preserve stability and promote democracy in our Hemisphere, to uphold the reliability of commitments that we make to others and the commitments others make to us. This agreement furthers all these goals.