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The Club of Madrid calls on all parties for a constructive dialogue in Haiti

The Club of Madrid calls on all parties for a constructive dialogue in Haiti

November 29, 2010

November 29th, 2010. – In light of the tensions and alleged irregularities experienced during yesterday’s elections in Haiti, the Members of the Club of Madrid - 78 democratic former heads of state and government from over 55 countries –working with Haitian leadership in an effort to achieve the institutional reconstruction of the country after the devastating earthquake of January 12th, call on all parties to urgently engage in the constructive dialogue that is fundamental to recuperate and sustain the institutional framework the country so desperately needs to effectively move forward with reconstruction in the earthquake and cholera ravaged country.

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Aware of the many challenges Haiti faces, we also call on the presidential candidates to avoid any temptation to act outside procedures set forth in the Constitution of Haiti. An institutional vacuum could seriopusly jeopardize the recovery of Haiti and its socio-economic and democratic development.

We are convinced that only a resilient government, resulting from a legitimate process, can lead the reconstruction of Haiti and gather the support of the international community for a Haitian-owned vision of the country. Any endeavor contrary to this end should be brought to a halt immediately.

We call on the international community to continue supporting Haiti’s healing, renewal, development and institutional strengthening. Now more than ever, Haiti needs the support of friends that, with full respect of the country’s independence, provide the means and resources needed for Haiti to achieve true democratic development.

The Club de Madrid remains committed to supporting Haiti’s future, and makes available the leadership experience of its membership to any dialogue efforts.

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