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US reiterates ‘unflinching support’ for Haiti

Published:Sunday | January 4, 2015 | 10:32 AM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4, CMC – The United States has reiterated its “unflinching support” for Haiti as the French speaking Caribbean country celebrates its 211th anniversary of Independence .

“Just as we stand with the Haitian people today as they mark their 211th year of independence, the United States reiterates its unflinching support of the people of Haiti as they strive to build a stronger and more enduring democracy,” said US Secretary of State John Kerry in his Independence Message to the Government and people of Haiti.

“The people-to-people bonds shared by our two nations sustain a warm friendship that prevails through times of prosperity and trial,” he added.

“These unbreakable links give us cause to reaffirm the commitment of the United States to be a partner for a more stable and prosperous Haiti and to wish the Haitian people well on this special day,” continued Kerry, stating that “as Haitians celebrate this milestone (anniversary), they can take pride in the harvest of hard work in reconstruction and development.”

The US Secretary of State also said the 211th anniversary is “also a day to focus on the work ahead to keep faith with the promise of Independence Day.

“The year ahead will be pivotal as Haiti works to schedule overdue parliamentary elections,” he said.

Observers say a pre-electoral crisis looms in Haiti, as municipal and legislative elections are postponed.

Last week, Haitian President Michel Martelly, the chief judge of the Supreme Court and the heads of the two houses of parliament signed a political accord hoping to avert the crisis.

The tentative agreement, which calls for extending lawmakers’ terms, is based on an electoral law being passed before January 12.

If no law is approved, Martelly will rule by decree.

Haiti became an independent country on January 1, 1804.

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