US welcomes new era of hope

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WASHINGTON (Reuter) - President Bill Clinton bade a formal farewell to Haiti's President Jean-Bertrand Aristide yesterday, saying: 'Today, on the eve of President Aristide's return to his beloved nation, we mark the end of one stage of a long and difficult journey and the beginning of a new era of hope for the people of Haiti.' Mr Clinton formally confirmed that he was lifting all remaining sanctions against Haiti effective with President Aristide's return.

Repeating what has become a familiar refrain of his recent rhetoric, President Aristide added: 'Tomorrow, when we return home to Haiti, this will be our message to the nation: 'No to violence, no to vengeance, yes to reconciliation'.

'Our hope for Haiti is our hope for the world: democracy, peace and reconciliation.'