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Aristide promises fairness

President Jean-Bertrand Aristide blamed his right-wing foes Wednesday for street violence that has spread fear among Haiti's elite, and he promised a new government of the "rich and poor."

Despite expectations that he would announce some key government appointments, Aristide spoke only in general terms of his plans for an administration embracing all Haitian classes.

Speaking to reporters at the National Palace for the first time since a U.S. Air Force jet brought him back Saturday from three years in exile, he accused his opponents of already working to undermine him.

"There is a campaign of manipulation aiming to tarnish the image of the government," Aristide said.

He said his foes hired armed agents and contracted buses for them to go on looting sprees, which have been blamed on Aristide sympathizers. Mobs have attacked businesses and homes of people linked to Haiti's repressive army.

"We oppose all acts of violence and all acts of vengeance," he said.

Aristide gave no indication whom he might name prime minister, or when. A report published Wednesday said Aristide's first choice had rejected the offer.

He also said he did not know how long U.S. troops would be needed to oversee the transition to democracy.

Lt. Gen. Hugh Shelton, the commander of U.S. forces in Haiti, has said he would probably turn command of the forces over to the United Nations by the end of the year unless security conditions worsened. In Washington, Pentagon officials have assured Congress that U.S. troops would leave Haiti by February 1996 at the latest.

Fuel reaches Haitian port

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti _ The first oil tanker since a fuel embargo was enforced a year ago arrived in Haiti Wednesday and berthed at the country's main oil terminal, a Commerce Ministry official said.

An official said the Shell Oil tanker docked at the Thor terminal in the suburb of Carrefour.

It was carrying 75,000 barrels of diesel, 40,000 barrels of gasoline and 40,000 barrels of kerosene, Commerce Minister Louis Dejoie said.

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