Statement by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on the UN Secretary-General's Appointment of President Bill Clinton as UN Envoy to Haiti

Susan E. Rice
United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations 
U.S. Mission to the United Nations 
New York, NY
May 19, 2009




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

We welcome the United Nations Secretary-General’s appointment of President Bill Clinton as UN Envoy to Haiti. President Clinton will bring unparalleled expertise and enthusiasm to this new role, and I look forward to working with him.
The United States is firmly committed to a future of peace and prosperity for the people of Haiti. We will continue to work closely with the Haitian government to improve social and economic conditions on the ground during this crucial transition period.

I traveled to Haiti in March with the UN Security Council. We visited the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) and saw first-hand the great strides that have been made towards long term stability and security. However, much of Haiti’s progress still remains fragile, especially after the terrible challenges of the past year – from severe hurricanes to the global food crisis. The U.S. strongly supports MINUSTAH’s continuing security role.

Haiti is a reminder to the world that security and development should not be viewed as separate issues. Indeed, MINUSTAH’s mission remains critical – not just to recovery and reconstruction in Haiti – but to the stability of the entire region.

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PRN: 2009/102