Original: French

Meeting in the Nicaraguan capital, Managua, on 20 and 21 October 2001, the Socialist International Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean, SICLAC, alarmed by the deteriorating political and social situation in Haiti:

1. Condemns the increasingly frequent violations of the rights of independent journalists and opposition political activists, as well as other citizens.

2. Deplores the fact that until now the process of negotiations on Haiti has not been able to achieve a political agreement — an agreement which is necessary in order to establish conditions conducive to the holding of fair and democratic elections in that country.

3. Urges its member parties and other like-minded parties to continue realistic negotiations to bring Haiti out of political crisis, peacefully and with the least possible cost to society as a whole.

4. Encourages its member parties to form, with other like-minded parties, a broad social democratic movement capable of helping the Haitian people to fulfil their democratic aspirations and bring about an economic and social transformation in their daily lives.

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