More Marines to Pour into Haiti Today

MARCH 1, 2004 - Posted at 8:14 a.m. CDT

PENTAGON -  More U.S. Marines are expected to arrive in the Haitan capital of Port-au-Prince today.  They'll be part of a vanguard of peacekeepers sent by President Bush to restore order in the Caribbean country.

Fewer than 100 marines are already in Port-au-Prince.  As they flew to Haiti late last night, The U.N. Secretary Council voted unanimously to authorize the immediate deployment of an international military force in Haiti for three months.

A French contingent of nearly 300 soldiers and police is headed to Haiti.  The French Army says the force is expected to begin arriving later today, rising to full strenth in the coming days.

Meanwhile, former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide says, "In overthrowing me, they cut down the tree of peace."  But he says it will re-grow "because the roots are well-planted."

Aristede fled the island country over the weekend to the Central African Republic.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)