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FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS, FLIGHTS COULD FALL VICTIM TO EMBARGO

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President Clinton will announce tighter sanctions against Haiti this week, including a possible cutoff of commercial airline flights and international financial transactions, his special adviser on Haiti said Wednesday.

William Gray, a former House leader who serves as Clinton's Haiti troubleshooter, said on Fox Morning News that "the president will this week be increasing that economic pressure, and other nations as well, on the coup leaders."A U.N.-sponsored meeting in New York Friday attended by representatives of Argentina, Canada, France, the United States and Venezuela discussed new economic restrictions.

Gray said the tightened sanctions were aimed at putting pressure on Haiti's wealthiest people and military leaders.

Gray was testifying at a House Foreign Affairs hearing Wednesday on Haiti. He said that the border between the Dominican Republic and Haiti was now "75-80 percent sealed, which is very, very good."

In Port-au-Prince, the army-installed government has called Prime Minister Robert Malval a traitor and threatened to arrest him, radio stations reported Wednesday.

Exiled President Jean-Bertrand Aristide chose Malval to lead a democratic transition for Haiti, which has been under military domination since a 1991 coup. Malval retains international recognition, although the military seized formal control of the government May 11 by installing civilian figurehead Emile Jonassaint as president.

The government's threat followed comments by Malval that Haitians would be more apt to support American troops rather than their own military during a U.S. invasion. Malval has also urged Haitians not to pay taxes to the Jonassaint government.