PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Rebel leader Guy Philippe said Wednesday his forces would lay down their arms as U.S. Marines fanned out from the presidential palace with rifles at the ready to help restore some order amid the country’s bloody uprising.












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“Now that there are foreign troops promising to protect the Haitian people … and they have given the guarantee to protect the Haitian people … we will lay down our arms,” Philippe told a news conference.


The 15-nation Caribbean Community, or Caricom, concluded an emergency meeting Wednesday in Jamaica over the Haiti crisis and called for an independent international inquiry into Sunday’s abrupt departure of Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, said Jamaican Prime Minister P.J. Patterson.