Statement on Haiti by the African Union (AU)
March 13, 2004
On March 8, the 53 countries of the African Union called Aristide's removal "unconstitutional." A statement released by the African Union (AU) Commission, stated in part:
"The African Union expresses the view that the unconstitutional way by which President Aristide was removed set a dangerous precedent for a duly elected person and wishes that no action be taken to legitimize the rebel forces"