By Donna Bryson (Canadian Press):
Aristide says he want to return to Haiti, won’t say when
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Exiled former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide said Friday he was ready to return to his quake-devastated country, but it was not clear when or how.
Aristide, appearing with his wife in front of reporters at an airport hotel in Johannesburg, spoke of Haitians waiting to be rescued from the rubble of Tuesday’s quake.
“We feel deeply and profoundly that we should be there, in Haiti, with them, trying our best to prevent death,” said Aristide, who has been exiled in South Africa since being ousted in a 2004 rebellion.
Ms Bryson does not mention that these extreme Right rebels were supported by the United States Bush administration; and that US soldiers kidnaped democratically elected President Aristide and flew him out of Haiti.
He said friends were ready to give him a plane to go back with emergency supplies.
His wife Mildred sat next to him, eyes downcast, twisting a handkerchief. Both dabbed at their eyes as they left a conference room following Aristide’s brief statement.