UN envoy appeals to Caribbean Community to help with Haiti's reconstruction

18 February 2005
Juan Gabriel Valdés

The top United Nations envoy for Haiti has appealed to the Caribbean Heads of State and government to lend a hand in reconstructing post-conflict Haiti and start a new form of cooperation between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the island nation.

Juan Gabriel Valdés told the 16th inter-sessional CARICOM summit yesterday in Paramaribo, Suriname, that security had improved in Haiti and he was optimistic about the development of a national dialogue, even though the speed of disarmament was a continuing difficulty.

In a statement issued as the two-day meeting ended yesterday, CARICOM said it reaffirmed its commitment to the welfare of the Haitian people.


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