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Canada's prime minister urged rival groups Sunday to disarm and called on political factions to settle differences so that the poorest nation in the Western hemisphere can make use of international aid.

Paul Martin's one-day visit was aimed at encouraging international commitments to rebuild Haiti, which has been mired in political upheaval since the Feb. 29 ouster of Jean-Bertrand Aristide, its elected president.

Haiti's interim government and U.N. peacekeepers have been overwhelmed recently, trying to halt violence that has killed at least 84 people since Aristide supporters stepped up a campaign demanding his return from exile.

Martin met with interim President Boniface Alexandre and caretaker Prime Minister Gerard Latortue, then had lunch with about 100 government officials.

"The international community has made considerable effort to come to Haiti's aid, but we cannot accomplish these engagements without the existence of national reconciliation between all of you Haitians," Martin said.

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