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NEW YORK : A U.N. Must-Hear

October 04, 1994

President Jean-Bertrand Aristide of Haiti addresses the U.N. General Assembly today and seems certain to attract one of the most attentive audiences of the session.

More than a dozen presidents, prime ministers and foreign ministers address the assembly every day during the annual general debate in a sometimes stupefying deluge of words. But everyone wants to hear what Aristide plans for his country when he returns there sometime later this month.

Aristide has spoken to the General Assembly twice before. In 1991, he addressed the general debate only a few days before a military coup ousted him from office. Although in exile in 1992, he addressed the General Assembly again as the U.N.-recognized Haitian leader. The Security Council has approved sending a U.N. peacekeeping force of 6,000 troops into Haiti next year to relieve the U.S. troops in the island nation now.

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