Originally: Violence in Haiti: The situation is serious and grave, says US ambassador

2 June

The US government has condemned the acts of violence in Port-au-Prince on 31 May 2005, in which some 10 people were killed after armed men demanding the return of the ousted Lavalas government attacked a police substation and a market.

“The situation is serious and grave,” the US ambassador to Haiti, James Foley, told journalists after the swearing in of eight Peace Corps volunteers. However, he believes the situation can be turned around. Foley said that “we are not outgunned. With more than 6,000 troops and almost 2,000 police officers from Minustah (UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti), with the coordination of the Haitian government and police, there are the means to counter this violence”.

Stressing the political nature of the violence, the diplomat said that “a plan is needed, a strategy, there is also a need for action.”