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HAITIAN MILITARY SWEARS IN NEW PRESIDENT

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A new Haitian president was sworn in by military commanders, but the Organization of American States and U.S. officials said they considered the move unconstitutional and would refuse to recognize a new government.

OAS ministers, meeting Tuesday in Washington, called for all nations in the Western Hemisphere to impose a strict trade embargo against Haiti in an effort to pressure the coup leaders to restore the democratically elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide.After a daylong meeting, the OAS asked member countries to freeze Haiti's assets abroad and impose the trade embargo, making an exception for humanitarian aid.

"The situation in Haiti has deteriorated and it is necessary to adopt additional measures," the OAS said after the foreign ministers' meeting.

The ministers had discussed sending a peacekeeping force to Haiti but concluded such a move would require a lengthy revision of the OAS charter.

The OAS resolution reiterated support for Aristide as the constitutional president of Haiti and stated no diplomat representing the current rulers would be recognized. It also condemned the use of force and "military coercion" and the decision to replace Aristide.

"In one or two weeks the full impact of the embargo will be felt," said Argentine Foreign Minister Guido Di Tella, speaking shortly after the military had installed Supreme Court Judge Joseph Nerette to replace Aristide.

Argentina would like to have the use of military force as "an option," Di Tella said, adding that sanctions would be more forceful if the possibility of a military intervention existed.

But he acknowledged that such a scheme could take months or even years because of the need to reform the OAS charter and said the proposal "is for the future."

The foreign ministers made it clear that Aristide's return to power was "not negotiable," Di Tella added.

"We reject the concept of a presidency left vacant," Di Tella said, referring to the action Monday in which troops surrounded the Haitian Parliament in Port-au-Prince and pressured lawmakers into signing the appointment of the Supreme Court judge.