Former U.S. President Clinton reiterates support for Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Former U.S. President Bill Clinton said during a visit this week he’s certain Haiti’s post-earthquake reconstruction mission will be a success.

Clinton, the United Nations special envoy to Haiti, visited a clinic run by Doctors Without Borders to treat victims of the cholera outbreak that has besieged the country the past two months, infecting more than 100,000. Clinton also met with Haitian and international representatives at the United Nations’ headquarters in Haiti.

Clinton attended a meeting on Dec. 14 when funding for US$430 million in reconstruction projects was approved.

“I think they will see a big increase in the pace of movement next year,” he said at a media conference in the nation’s capital.

Clinton also said he supports the Electoral Council’s proposal to re-count votes in the presence of officials from international agencies regarding last month’s presidential election to determine the two candidates who will advance to a run-off election on Jan. 16.

“I don’t have a candidate – my candidate is the reconstruction process,” he said. “I want the people to feel good about this and to trust the outcome so that we have peace and order and that encourages the donors to keep investing in Haiti’s future.”

[The Associated Press (Haiti), 15/12/2010; Zocalo.com (Mexico), 16/12/2010; El Dia.com (Dominican Republic), 16/12/2010]

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