LATIN AMERICA BRIEF (DELETED) FOR 17 SEPTEMBER 1993

Created: 9/17/1993

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military leaders and president aristide are taking increasingly extreme positions and may be headedonfrontation, cs nf> police chief francois continues to take aggressive steps to weaken prime minister malval and to thwart the national reconciliation accord. press reports say dozens of armedresumably directed ly francois. stormed the finance ministry on wednesday.

:rancois has told advisers he ul ioniplomatic post.

army chief cedras recently assured field commanders that he will not

destroy the army. both he and francois have publicly asserted that aristide has broken the pact by calling for their immediate dismissal.

the same time, aristide continues to push for more rapid

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IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ACCORD. LAST MEEK HE CALLED FOR A SESSION TO SEPARATE THE POLICE FROM THE ARMY AND PARAMILITARY GROUPS: CONSPICUOUSLY ABSENT FRQH_THE AGENDAOF AMNESTY. EY MILITARY

COMMENT: INCREASING VIOLENCE. THE MILITARY'S DETERMINATION TO HOLD SHAY, AND ARISTIDE'S GROWING IMPATIENCE MAY UNRAVEL THE ACCORD. ALTHOUGH CEDRAS'S STATEMENTS MAY BE BRAVADO, FRANCOIS'S INCREASING TENACITY AND OPPOSITION TO THE ACCORD APPEAR DEEP ROOTED. ARISTIDE'S APPARENTLY DELIBERATE OMISSION OF AMNESTY LEGISLATION SHOWS HE REMAINS DETERMINED TO PUNISH THE MILITARY.

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HAITI : DOES FRANCOIS CALL THE SHOTS?

PORT-AU-PRINCE POLICE CHIEF MICHEL FRANCOIS APPEARS MILLING TO TRY EVERY OPTION. INCLUDINGOUP. TO CLING TO POWER IN HAITI. FOR NOW. HE PROBABLY WILL TRY TO KEEP UP THE FACADE THAT HE IS THE PRIMARY GUARANTOR OF ORDER IN THE CAPITAL AS LONG AS POSSIBLE. TO SHOW HOW INDISPENSABLE HE IS PERSONALLY TO THE MAINTENANCE OF ORDER. HE APPARENTLY HAS ORCHESTRATED VIOLENT ACTS AGAINST PRO-ARISTIDE FORCES AND THEH ORDERED IN THE POLICE TO CONTROL THEM. WHETHER HE CAN TURN THE VIOLENCE ON AND OFF IS QUESTIONABLE BECAUSE THE NUMEROUS OTHERT IDE EXTREMISTS IN HAITI CAN CALL ON THEIR OWN THUGS.

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