Joël Jeune, secretary-general of the National Conference of Protestant Bishops (COHEPH), criticized the OAS?s handling of the Haitian crisis.
In a statement to the press on June 20, 2002, the clergyman said that the OAS had exhausted its role as mediator and criticized the way the OAS?s number-two, Luigi Einaudi, presented an initial agreement to the protagonists. He said that negotiations under the aegis of the OAS should be ended and the case handed over to the United Nations as was done in 1993.
Joël Jeune called for the resignations of both Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the “president of Fanmi Lavalas,” and Gérard Gourgue of the Convergence and called for installation of a transition government in charge of organizing general elections in the presence of a multinational security force. The new president should take office on January 1, 2004, the day of celebration of the bicentennial of independence.