WASHINGTON, Feb 26 (AFP) – The United States on Thursday signalled the end of international support for Haiti?s embattled president, with Secretary of State Colin Powell saying Jean Bertrand Aristide must carefully consider his future. With France already calling on Aristide to stand down and Canada also saying the embattled president may have to leave, Aristide barely has any diplomatic backing to count on. The rebel advance on the Haitian capital and the refusal of the Haitian political opposition to consider a peace plan that would let the former priest finish his term in office has forced international powers to reconsider their support. The United States, Canada and France had proposed a mediation plan under which Aristide, who was elected to office in 2000, would complete his term which ends in February 2006. But Powell signalled the change by saying : “I hope that the parties in Haiti will examine their positions carefully. I hope President Aristide will examine his position carefully and judgments will be made as to what is best for the people of Haiti in this most difficult time.” Powell added that Aristide “is the democratically elected president, but he has had difficulties in his presidency, and I think, as a number of people have commented, whether or not he is able to effectively continue as president is something that he will have to examine.” Questioned about US support, Powell said : “I think my statement was pretty clear. I think it is a very difficult time for the Haitian people and I know that President Aristide has the interests of the Haitian people at heart.” Aristide reaffirmed on Thursday that he intended to complete his term in office. In an interview with CNN television he renewed calls for international support against the insurrection that has seen rebels take nearly all the major cities except the capital Port-au-Prince. The United States sent a military force to Haiti in 1994 to put Aristide back in power after he was ousted in a military coup in 1991, just a few months after his first election. Thousands of Haitians died under the military dictatorship. Powell said no decision had been made on what US assitance might be sent to Haiti to support any transitional government or a new political arrangement. Powell said he had spoken with French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin, whose country has said it is ready to contribute to an international force to support a transitional administration. France was the first to call for Aristide to leave. Earlier, Powell told a Senate committee that the United States was disappointed by Aristide?s performance while in office. The opposition has accused him rigging legislative elections in 2000 that saw his Lavalas party voted into power. “It?s a great disappointment to me to find ourselves in this position,” Powell said. “I regret that over those 10 years we have not seen the kind of progress that we?d hoped for. The democratic political process in Haiti has essentially collapsed.” Canada also put pressure on Aristide to step aside, though Foreign Minister Bill Graham said his country would be unhappy to see an elected president forced to leave. Questioned on the French-speaking RDI television channel, Graham said it was up to Aristide to “draw the consequences” from the worsening situation in the Caribbean republic, but “not for us to force him.” Graham said the worsening crisis and the failure of international mediation attempts meant “other scenarios” have to be considered. “So it is perhaps for Mr Aristide to look at his responsibilities toward his people and say : ?Look it would be better that I, voluntarily, I leave?,” declared the foreign minister. “If he said that, I have said that we, Canada, we would be ready to act with other countries to assure security and order in Haiti,” Graham added.