NBC Evening News for Monday, Mar 01, 2004
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Reports introduced.
(Port-au-Prince: Kerry Sanders) The situation in Haiti after the flight of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide featured; scenes shown of Haitians celebrating in the streets of Port-au-Prince, of the ransacked presidential palace and of US & French peacekeeping troops. [Haitian MAN – calls for Aristide to come back to be tried.] [Haitian MAN – supports Aristide.] [US Marines Col. David BERGER- comments on the Marines’ instructions.] Plans for new elections organized by former Haitian Supreme Court Chief Justice Boniface Alexandre noted.
(State Department: Andrea Mitchell) Aristide’s claim that he was kidnapped and forced out by US troops examined; details given of the search for a place for Aristide to be given asylum and about the political chaos that has been preventing Haiti from receiving international aid. [Representative Charles RANGEL- says Aristide feels it was a coup.] [Secretary of State Colin POWELL – calls the charges absurd.] [Senator Christopher DODD- says we participated in his ouster.] [Haiti rights advocate James MORRELL- comments on planning for Haiti’s future.]
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