jean betrand aristide: press release of haiti's department of the interior

Zelo Pradel - February 1 2011, 2:09 PM

PRESS RELEASE OF HAITI'S DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

For some time, some reports suggest that the Haitian Government has refused to issue a diplomatic passports to former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, thus preventing his return to Haiti.

The Government of the Republic wishes to correct the facts: the issuing or the renew of a passport is done on request of the interested to the Department of Interior and Local Authorities in the case of an ordinary passport or at the Department of Foreign Affairs in the case of a diplomatic passport.

It appears that so far neither of these Departments have received the application for the issuance or the renewal of passport from the former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

The Government of the Republic assured that immediately produced, such a request will be honored promptly.

It wishes to clarify, that an expired passport is not an obstacle to the return of a haitian citizen in its native country.

In case where this return involves one or more stops in a third country, obtaining an authorization from these countries may be necessary, that the Passport is expired or not.

Paul Antoine BIEN-AIM

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