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ARISTIDE SAYS REMOVING JUNTA WOULD STEM FLOOD OF REFUGEES

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Deposed Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide said Tuesday that displacing the military junta now governing Haiti with democratic rule will reverse the flood of refugees fleeing the Caribbean island for the United States.

Aristide, in Minnesota continuing a series of speeches to bolster support for his exiled government, said increasing economic pressure on the regime headed by Brig. Gen. Raoul Cedras eventually would force it from power.He declined to attack U.S. efforts to stem the tide of refugees, instead saying "once democracy is back in Haiti, people will stay in Haiti."

At least 34,000 Haitians have fled the country since the September 1991 coup that removed Aristide after seven months in office. President Bush last month ordered Coast Guard patrols to turn back the refugees before they reach this country, contending they are seeking economic rather than political asylum in the United States.