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Haiti - Chile : Martelly would like that the Minustah become a development mission
11/08/2011 17:32:03

Haiti - Chile : Martelly would like that the Minustah become a development mission
The President of Haiti, Michel Martelly has expressed today, in Chile, his desire that the United Nations Peacekeeping Force stationed in Haiti can be transformed into a mission for development.

Martelly thanked the Government of Chile for its contribution through a contingent of five hundred men in the Mission for the Stabilization of Haiti to the United Nations (Minustah), which is head since June by the former Foreign Minister Chile, Mariano Fernández.

"One day we would like that the peacekeeping missions can become a development mission", told to the media the President Martelly who was accompanied by President of Chile, Sebastián Piñera.

The Haitian President was received at the presidential palace by his Chilean counterpart after laying a wreath at the monument to the liberator Bernardo O'Higgins. Upon arriving at La Moneda, the Presidential Palace, Sebastián Piñera declared that "Haiti is a country that has had a history of success, it is currently facing many challenges, but has a promising future."

"On assuming office (as president), you have shown courage and commitment to your people that we admire," Piñera said to the Head of State of Haiti.

Martelly took the opportunity to welcome the help provided by Chile "Chile was among the first countries to come to our help [after January 12, 2010], and its contribution in the field of education is today fundamental" adding that for Haiti surpasses its problems "it is necessary to send children and youth in school..."

"Today, is a system and a democratic regime headed by President Martelly," said Piñera, who stressed that "the Government of Chile is strongly committed, both in the recovery of the institutions, of the economy and the Haitian people [...] We want to strengthen this commitment, on topics of interest for the Haitian people, and where we have the opportunity to make fruitful contributions [...] as in children, education, rural development and the presence of the Minustah."

"Chile will be with you, working side by side so that your government be a good government for the people of Haiti, who certainly deserves a better future," added the President of Chile.

Michel Martelly will travel to Rancagua, 90 kilometers south of Santiago, where he will visit a group of buildings that were damaged by the earthquake of February 27, 2010, other houses are under construction and a number of houses are already completed. The Haitian President will be accompanied by Chile's Minister of Foreign Affairs Alfredo Moreno, and of housing, Rodrigo Pérez Mackenna.

Upon his return to Santiago, Martelly will meet Haitians living in the municipality of Quilicura, where are established the majority of immigrants, comming the Caribbean, in recent years.

Then he will return to the Presidential Palace to attend a dinner in his honor, before going to Argentina tomorrow.

HL/ HaitiLibre

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