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Haiti - Politic : Inauguration of Michel Martelly, who will be there ? (UPDATE-5)
12/05/2011 10:59:41

Haiti - Politic : Inauguration of Michel Martelly, who will be there ? (UPDATE-5)
Three days before the inauguration of President-elect Michel Martelly, many foreign dignitaries including Heads of State and of Governments have expressed their intention to be present at the various inaugural events planned for this Saturday, May 14, here's the list by country :

Yesterday the White House confirmed the presence of the Honorable William Jefferson Clinton, 42nd President of the United States of America and Co President of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission, who will lead the delegation. And as members of the presidential delegation will be present, the Honorable Kenneth H. Merten, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Haiti and Mr. Thomas C. Adams, Haiti Special Coordinator, Department of State.

The government of Argentina announced that the Provisional President of the Senate, José Pampuro, will represent the Government of Argentina and will be the highest authority of that country present at the act transfer of power. Mr. Pampuro is already come twice to Haiti to visit the peacekeeping troops from his country, installed in the city of Gonaives. The President of Argentina can not make the trip to Haiti because he will be the same day in the city of Asunción in Paraguay for the bicentennial celebration of the latter.

Spain will be represented by Soraya Rodríguez, Secretary of State for International Cooperation, tomorrow Soraya Rodríguez will make a first formal meeting with President-elect Michel Martelly, in which It will be discussed of the work of clearing debrisso that Spain can start working on the distribution network of water which was funded by the Spanish cooperation to the tune of 106 million Euros. She will also discuss of the necessity to resume the construction of the first treatment plant of solid waste, also funded by the Spanish Cooperation and which is paralyzed "by various problems."

The French Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Alain Juppé is expected in Port-au-Prince on Friday. He will take advantage of his visit to reveal, the same day that his arrival, the reconstruction project of the Embassy of France.

Dominican Republic:
The Dominican President Leonel Fernández took advantage of the visit of President-elect Joseph Michel Martelly, this May 4 to confirm his presence at this ceremony.

Ikuo Yamahana, Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, will attend the inauguration ceremony as an Ambassador on Special Mission of the Government of Japan.

The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, will attend the Haitian presidential inauguration of Michel Martelly. Speaking on behalf of the Government of Canada, Minister Oda stated, "Canada remains committed to the people of Haiti in achieving their goals of reconstruction, jobs and growth, democratic governance and security. We look forward to working with Mr. Martelly toward a better future for the people of Haiti."

Mr. Christian Leffler, executive director of the European External Action Service for the Americas, will represent the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the european Commission, Mrs Catherine Ashton, at the ceremony of transfer of power between President René Préval and the President Joseph Michel Martelly. During his first visit in the country, Mr. Leffler will have the opportunity to meet with the President-elect Joseph Michel Martelly and with the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations in Haiti and Head of the Minustah, Mr. Edmond Mulet.

Michaelle Jean, the special envoy of Unesco for Haiti and former Governor General of Canada will attend the inauguration ceremony, in a statement she said "The ceremony is a pivotal moment in the history of this country who recovers with difficulty of the devastating earthquake of January 2010 that killed nearly 300,000 people"

The delegation will be headed by the Deputy Secretary-General, Asha-Rose Migiro, and will also include the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Alain Le Roy, and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Associate Administrator, Rebecca Grynspan. The Secretary-General spoke by phone with Haitian President-elect Michel Martelly and congratulated him ahead of his inauguration Saturday.

According to Fritz Jean-Louis, a member of the transition office responsible for the transmission of power between the outgoing President and his successor, a dozen of foreign heads of state should attend the inauguration of Martelly.

Note : This list is partial and may change in the coming hours.

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