September 27, 1994 |
His name is Virge. He is 24 and married and will be a father any day now. He loves football and he loves the Marines, and he has a wide smile and eyes as blue-green as the Caribbean. He is also the Marine who fired first--and gave the order for his men to fire too--on a group of Haitian police officers Saturday night in the only violent encounter involving U.S. troops since the military landed a week ago. The clash left 10 Haitian policemen dead. The actions of Lt.
October 8, 1994 |
The Haitian Parliament completed work Friday on a limited bill renewing and slightly expanding the right of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to extend political amnesty to the military forces that overthrew him three years ago. By a 9-1 vote, with one abstention, the Haitian Senate passed a bill already approved Thursday by the Chamber of Deputies. A copy of the provision was sent by fax to Aristide for his signature, and it will become law when it is published here Monday.
February 19, 1995 |
U.S. military demolition experts Saturday blew up more than three tons of weapons and ammunition confiscated in Haiti in a disarmament effort, military officials said. Plastic explosives were used to destroy the munitions, including 1,300 mortar rounds, 800 rifle grenades and 1,100 hand grenades, at a remote military target range. Most of the weapons and ammunition were seized at Haitian military weapons depots or during street sweeps and raids, officials said. Some were bought by the U.S.
December 4, 1994 |
The withdrawal of U.S. troops is proceeding ahead of schedule, a military spokeswoman said Saturday as hundreds of soldiers flew home. By next weekend, only 6,000 soldiers will remain in Haiti, Maj. Regina Largent said. The 6,000 will remain through January. After that, an undetermined number of U.S. soldiers will participate in the U.N. force that will take over the mission.
August 1, 1994 |
Sending a message to Haiti's military leaders that "it's time for them to leave," the U.N. Security Council approved a resolution Sunday permitting the use of force to restore democracy to the Caribbean nation. The 12-0 vote, with China and Brazil abstaining, provides the diplomatic cover for U.S.-led military action long threatened by President Clinton.
September 24, 1994 |
Senior U.S. officials have initiated large-scale business negotiations with some of the most powerful and wealthy Haitian supporters of the military overthrow of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, according to Haitian business and political sources. The secret talks came this week at the same time the United States was dismantling the Haitian army and supposedly engineering a new political environment to undermine the power of the same anti-democratic elite. In one case, the sources said, Lt.