October 13, 1994 - Haitian military strongman Raoul Cedras leaves Haiti for exile in Panama under U.S. guard and with large checkbook. Iraq taking forever to leave Kuwait, Middle-East hostage drama, Northern Ireland news.
Robert Berger (CBS News): “A chartered jet is now slowly rolling down the runway here at the airport at Port au Prince, carrying Cedras and his family and (General Philippe) Biamby, both men arrived under tight security in U.S. armored vehicles. They were ushered into the VIP lounge where they had a last meeting with the U.S. Ambassador. Then Cedras walked slowly with his family out to the aircraft. Both men wore blue suits and looked grim as they went into exile.”
The stage was then set for the return of Jean Bertrand Aristide, the democratically elected President, to resume power. Ironically, it would be Aristide's turn in the Lobster tank a few years later. Oh, that wacky CIA.
Meanwhile, the never ending saga of life in the Middle-East with an Israeli soldier hostage of the PLO, threatened with execution. The ongoing situation in Northern Ireland with new peace overtures. And Iraq-Kuwait border skirmishes threatening to heat up a new batch of confrontations. All in all, a fun day in a fun week.
News of the Day for October 13, 1994 - Haitian military strongman Raoul Cedras heads for exile in Panama. Border disputes in Kuwait with Iraqi troops. Israel hostage crisis. Northern Ireland peace overtures.