Seeking to build further pressure on coup-installed leaders, U.S. officials are warning of harsher sanctions and U.N. diplomats are pushing for worldwide condemnation of Jean-Bertrand Aristide's ouster.
The United Nations' General Assembly was to begin debating a resolution Friday calling for the restoration of Aristide as president. A day earlier, the Caribbean Community backed sanctions on Haiti imposed by the Organization of American States.The State Department urged the estimated 15,000 Americans in Haiti to leave and plans to pull out up to 100 embassy dependents and non-essential personnel.
But the mounting international outcry over the Sept. 30 coup and the push for Aristide's return have so far failed to halt efforts to form a government under Joseph Nerette. The 67-year-old Supreme Court justice was appointed provisional president earlier this week by lawmakers terrorized by soldiers.
Nerette on Thursday met with business and political leaders for a second straight day to try to select a Cabinet.
The Senate president, Dejean Belizaire, criticized the 34-nation Organization of American States for interference in Haitian affairs by passing resolutions for the return of Aristide.
Aristide is the first freely elected president in this former French colony that gained independence in 1804.