Ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide (search) and his wife will travel to Jamaica next week, returning to the Caribbean from exile in Africa less than three weeks after he fled, Jamaica's prime minister said Thursday.

Aristide wants to be reunited with his two young daughters, who are currently in New York City, Prime Minister P.J. Patterson (search) said. The girls were sent to stay with the mother of Aristide's wife, Mildred, for their safety.

It was unclear why Aristide was not traveling to the United States. He has accused the U.S. government of forcing him from office on Feb. 29, amid a bloody rebellion that was advancing on Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince (search). The United States had denied that.