Daily Press Briefing
 Statements made by
 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson
 (Paris, March 1, 2004)
 [Please note that only the original French text issued by the
 French Ministry of Foreign Affairs may be considered official.
 ( http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr )]
 I want to reiterate the statement that Foreign Minister Dominique de
 Villepin made today in Tokyo:
 “1. – France has had only one objective throughout this crisis: to help
 Haiti find her way back to democracy and peace.
 This is why, from the start of the crisis, France has stressed the need
 for the international community to take action in pursuit of this goal.
 To this end, she has closely consulted with the United States and her
 partners in the region such as Canada, Brazil and Mexico, as well as the
 United Nations Secretary-General. This is why we called on President
 Aristide, with due regard for the law, to accept the consequences of the
 situation of chaos which he had himself created and face up to his
 responsibilities. No constitutional legality any longer existed in Haiti;
 there was no longer anything other than the daily disorder of the bands
 armed by the authorities, who were looting, killing and spreading terror.
 It was the responsibility of the international community – and so France –
 to say loudly and clearly that President Aristide could no longer go on
 leading his country, dispensing with all rule of law. By asking him to
 accept the consequences of the situation of bankruptcy into which he had
 plunged Haiti, France has not ignored the law; on the contrary, she
 wanted to restore and give it back its full force.
 2. – The decisions taken yesterday in Port-au-Prince and New York are in
 line with what France was calling for:
 – In Haiti, the constitutional rules are once again being applied: an
 acting president has been sworn in, according to the provisions of the
 Constitution. In this context, the CARICOM Action Plan proposals to
 establish a government of national unity are being implemented. France
 wants the process to move forward rapidly and bring together all the
 political forces which refuse violence. A drive to promote national
 reconciliation is needed to establish the conditions for Haiti genuinely
 to get back on her feet.
 – In New York, the Security Council has unanimously passed UNSCR 1529
 calling for the deployment of a Multinational Interim Force to restore
 calm and security throughout Haiti. France welcomes this decision which
 bears witness to the mobilization of the international community and is
 the result of exemplary cooperation between all the Security Council
 members and with Mr Kofi Annan. She is already making an initial
 contribution of around 300 men to this force. She also intends supporting
 the future follow-on United Nations stabilization mission. Nothing
 serious can be done in Haiti without the prior restoration of law and
 order and security.
 3. – Besides these first measures, France wants to be at Haiti’s side to
 help the country rebuild itself – within the next few days, new
 humanitarian aid resources are going to be sent to address the immediate
 public health problems: help for hospitals, medicines, generators – we
 shall subsequently provide technical assistance to help the economic and
 social development of Haiti which is one of the world’s poorest countries.
 Action will be needed in every sphere: agriculture, health, training,
 – finally, we shall have to encourage the major international donors
 (World Bank, European Union, etc.) to go back into Haiti to create a solid
 and sustainable basis to help the Haitian economy and society.
 I personally intend shortly to go to Haiti once a government of national
 unity has been formed and has begun working.”
 Q – Will the French soldiers that France decided to send to Haiti be part
 of the international force approved yesterday by the Security Council? How
 many troops in all will France contribute to that interim force?
 With respect to the first part of your question, yes, the French troops
 sent to Haiti represent an initial contribution to that force, as
 specified in the minister’s statement.
 As for the second point, you should ask the Defense Ministry.
 Q – There has been close diplomatic cooperation between France and the
 United States on the Haiti crisis. Do you think this episode will help
 improve ties between the two countries? Are you ruling out ex-President
 Aristide’s coming to France?
 You are right to underscore the exemplary way in which France and the
 United States are working together, notably on the Haiti crisis. It is the
 most recent example of the cooperation between our two countries that can
 be seen on many fronts.
 As for your question about ex-President Aristide, I have no particular
 information on that point.
 Q – What is the French-American agreement based on?
 As you know, the international community has been working together closely
 and is widely mobilized on the crisis in Haiti. Its analysis of the causes
 of the crisis and the means to remedy it have translated into a very broad
 convergence of views. We are very pleased about that. It shows how
 important the unity of the international community is in resolving crises.