US TURNS AWAY 4 OF 6 SHIPS BOARDED OFF HAITI SINCE TUESDAY

US TURNS AWAY 4 OF 6 SHIPS BOARDED OFF HAITI SINCE TUESDAY

Four of six vessels intercepted and boarded off Haiti since an international naval blockade began Tuesday have been diverted from Haitian shores following an inspection, the United States said Thursday.

In the vessels that were diverted, the cargo was found to be either not fully accessible to inspectors or inconsistent with the ship's official listing of its cargo, U.S. State Department spokesman David Johnson said.In the other two cases, the vessels were allowed to proceed to Haiti though one chose not to, Mr. Johnson said.

Four of the six ships intercepted were Honduran, a fifth was from Belize and there was no information immediately available on the nationality of the sixth, he said.

The blockade was set up to pressure the Haitian military to restore toppled President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

The U.S.-led embargo began Tuesday to enforce a renewed worldwide ban on fuel and arms sales to Haiti.