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US supports Haiti's election

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US supports Haiti's election

Postby KarenS » Thu Dec 22, 2005 8:46 am

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"US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns was in Haiti for a one-day visit to demonstrate Washington’s support for the coming Haitian elections, the State Department said.
The State Department’s third-highest ranking official, Burns expected to meet with leaders of Haiti’s interim government, social and business leaders and UN peacekeepers, said department spokesman Sean McCormack.
'This visit underscores the United States’ support for timely democratic elections in Haiti in January and solidarity with Haiti’s continuing process of political transition and economic reform,' McCormack said.
In response to a question, McCormack said the United States doubted that former leader Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who was ousted in a popular revolt in 2004, could return after the polls.
'I think the Haitian people are looking beyond their recent past, again, which had been, unfortunately, marked by violence, factionalism, cronyism, non-transparent governance, corruption, and they’re trying to turn a new page in their history.'
'And that’s what we in the United States, as well as other countries working with Haiti, are trying to do and trying to help them do,' McCormack said.
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