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A delegation from South Africa arrived yesterday in the Central
African Republic to hold talks with Jean-Bertrand Aristide after
Pretoria said it was open to offering the ousted Haitian leader
The delegation led by Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad stepped
off a plane in Bangui where Aristide arrived earlier this month
after fleeing a rebel uprising in Haiti.
Pahad has said that the South African government "in principle,
would have no problem" in taking in Aristide.
But with the ousted Haitian leader insisting that he was forced out
of office by the US and France, South Africa last week called for
an investigation into the circumstances leading to his
The 53-nation African Union on Tuesday endorsed Aristide's claim
that he had been removed by "unconstitutional" means and expressed
concern that this "set a dangerous precedent for a duly elected
A Central African official described the delegation as "special
envoys" of President Thabo Mbeki. Pahad was accompanied by Deputy
Finance Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa and national security adviser
They were greeted at the airport by the Central African Republic's
government spokesman Parfait M'bay, Finance and Economy Minister
Jean-Pierre Lebouder and the minister responsible for foreign
affairs, Guy Moskit. – Sapa-AFP.