DECLARATION IN NEW YORK OF MINISTER BERNARD VALCOURT ON HAITI
(Haiti Libre) -
In his address, at the informal ministerial meeting on major political transitions in the francophonie, on the sidelines of the 66th UN General Assembly in New York, the Canadian Minister of State Bernard Valcourt declared about Haiti :
"...Our governments have responsibilities based on the commitments they have made during the Francophonie summits. Echoing exactly these commitments, Canada is proud to support Haiti in the areas of democracy, good governance and development, as demonstrated by our contribution of more than $1 billion from 2006 to 2012. For example, Canada finances initiatives that aim, among other things, to increase access to, and to reinforce, the judicial system in Haiti, as well as to support the different electoral processes.
We are greatly concerned by the country's current political situation and the weakness of the rule of law. Our commitment to pursuing our efforts in Haiti calls for attaching greater importance from now on to political will, good governance and the rule of law. These are essential for achieving all our efforts: those of the Haitians as well as those of the international community.
In that regard, we strongly support the UN Secretary-General's recent proposal to develop a rule-of-law compact in Haiti, to enable sustainable progress in the country's reconstruction and development."