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Haiti - Reconstruction : Bill Clinton takes the defense of Haiti

By pierre - Posted on 26 December 2010

16/12/2010 10:54:02

Although the U.S. Ambassador in Port-au-Prince, Merten and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged the Haitian authorities to take seriously threats of U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy on the freezing of U.S. aid Haiti, former President Bill Clinton, who co-chairs the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC) said Wednesday "Haiti needs to move from humanitarian aid to self-sufficiency [...] it's what we agreed to do, and unless the Haitian government to do something in violation of this contract. We must continue with as much force as we can"

Bill Clinton who met privately Wednesday with Haitian authorities and UN officials in Port-au-Prince. He acknowledged that the elections took place under difficult circumstances and that "legitimate questions were raised about how the vote happened", stressing that the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) said that procedures will be reviewed by external and independent experts. adding "I think it would be a mistake to stop the reconstruction".

Bill Clinton declined to comment the contestations and political crisis that blocks the country "The Commission has now approved more than 3 billion 100 million of projects. I'm not here to do politics, I am there for people, but it is important to maintain the confidence of the international community that everyone believes that the Haitians have a chance that their voices be heard. At this time, that is essential above all to the people of Haiti and also to maintain the arrival of aid so that we can build the country".

Nevertheless, it is necessary to clarify that these 3.100 million, which in the mouth of Bill Clinton, may suggest a success, only one third (approximately) of this amount is a reality (funding confirmed). Although some projects are fully funded, most of the approved projects are only partially and waiting to be completed before starting, and finally, other projects approved, simply have no funding and are looking for donors, and pending confirmation of the promises of the international community.