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06GEORGETOWN69
2006-01-19 21:52:00
UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
Embassy Georgetown
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HAITI COOL TO CARICOM OFFER TO OBSERVE, ASSIST

Tags:   PREL  KDEM  GY  HA  XL  CARICOM 
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						UNCLAS GEORGETOWN 000069 

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL KDEM GY HA XL CARICOM
SUBJECT: HAITI COOL TO CARICOM OFFER TO OBSERVE, ASSIST
ELECTIONS

REF: A. 05 GEORGETOWN 1321


B. 05 GEORGETOWN 1318



1. (SBU) During a meeting on a separate issue with CARICOM
SYG Carrington on January 17, CARICOM A/SYG Granderson told
Ambassador that "after much procrastination" Haiti had
informed CARICOM that "Haiti does not really need CARICOM
technical assistance for the elections". Granderson is
trying to ascertain if Haiti still wants a CARICOM observer
team for the election.



2. (SBU) Ambassador spoke with Granderson and Hugh
Cholmondeley, Head of CARICOM's Task Force on Haiti, on
January 18 regarding Haiti's decision. Cholmondeley said
that CARICOM is trying to obtain a written invitation from
Haiti to observe the elections but doubts this will be
forthcoming. Ambassador inquired whether this would affect
regional willingness to reintegrate Haiti into CARICOM after
the elections. Granderson and Cholmondeley both indicated to
Ambassador that this should not pose a problem if
international observers declare the Haitian elections to be
free and fair.
BULLEN