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Tuesday, 16 November 2004
Page: 105

Senator Brown asked the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 30 July 2004:

(1) Does the Government recognise as president of Haiti the self-appointed Mr Boniface Alexandre or the democratically-elected Dr Jean-Bertrand Arastide.

(2) What has the Government done to ensure democracy is upheld in Haiti.

(3) How many people were murdered in Haiti in 2004.

(4) What efforts has the Government made, directly or through the United Nations, to reduce the death toll in Haiti that has followed the violent revolution which took place in 2004.

Senator Hill (Minister for Defence) —The Minister for Foreign Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) Australia recognises the interim president of Haiti, Mr Boniface Alexandre.

(2) The Government welcomed the deployment of the international peace-keeping force authorised by United Nations Security Council resolution 1529, and its efforts to bring stability to Haiti and to avoid a humanitarian crisis.

(3) The Government does not have access to data which would provide this information.

(4) See answer to (2).