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WE WON'T RENEW AGREEMENT ON BOAT PEOPLE, HAITI WARNS

President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's government may be on a collision course with the United States over what to do about Haitian boat people.

A treaty that allowed U.S. Coast Guard cutters to intercept Haitians in international waters has expired. Washington wants it renewed, but Haiti doesn't."We do not intend to renew the contract concluded between the governments of Jean-Claude Duvalier and the United States which might permit the forcible repatriation of Haitian boat people," Yvon Neptune, a presidential spokesman, told the Haitian Press Agency on Friday.

But U.S. Embassy spokesman Stan Schrager said Washington "would be interested in discussing the possibility of a new repatriation treaty."

The growing dispute follows the April 8 repatriation of 138 Haitian boat people who had managed to get their overloaded craft within 25 miles of Miami Beach before the U.S. Coast Guard picked them up.