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Haiti's exiled former president offers to return

January 15, 2010 |  4:11 am

HaitiFormer Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, deposed and exiled in a 2004 coup, offered today to return to Haiti, saying he could not wait to go home and rebuild his country after Tuesday's devastating earthquake.

In a rare public statement, he said he felt a profound need to go to try to save the lives of victims awaiting rescue.

Aristide said supporters around the world had promised a plane to fly him in, with emergency relief. Yet he offered no details on how he planned to return. His choice of venue -- a hotel at Johannesburg's international airport, was symbolic of his will to return, Aristide said.

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-- Robyn Dixon in Johannesburg  

Photo: Exiled former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and his wife, Mildred, read a statement of support for the people of Haiti. Credit: EPA

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