Visiting Gonaïves, UN envoy for Haiti pledges to improve living conditions

26 July 2004

The newly arrived senior United Nations envoy to Haiti has visited Gonaïves – the scene of unrest which sparked a political crisis earlier this year – pledging to alleviate the conditions now facing the population in the country’s fourth largest city.

The newly arrived senior United Nations envoy to Haiti has visited Gonaïves - the scene of unrest which sparked a political crisis earlier this year - pledging to alleviate the conditions now facing the population in the country's fourth largest city.

Citing the importance of improving living standards, Juan Gabriel Valdés said on Sunday that he would work with UN agencies to tackle the issue as a first priority.

Mr. Valdés, who heads the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), also reviewed troop deployments during his visit, which included a stop in Cap-Haïtien.

Addressing contingents from Canada, Argentina and Chile, the envoy voiced appreciation for their contribution to improving stability in the area.

 

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