Posted by Le Nouvelliste on Friday, April 10, 2015 Under: Diplomacy
President Michel Joseph Martelly had a head-to-head with his counterpart Barack Obama on Thursday in Jamaica, over a year after the one at the White House in early 2014 in Washington. On his twitter account, the head of the Haitian State posted a picture with the caption "conversation with my American counterpart Barack Obama on the sidelines of the Summit of CARICOM-USA in Jamaica."
Michel Martelly, returned to Port-au-Prince in the middle of the afternoon before returning to Panama, where he is to participate in the Summit of the Americas, gave no details on the content of his conversation with Barack Obama. A source at the National Palace told the newspaper that the two men spoke of the elections. "President Barack Obama expressed hope that the elections planned for this year is going well and in a calm atmosphere," the source said.
President Michel Martelly assured President Obama that "the state will ensure that everything goes well." "The government plays its partition and fair elections also depend on other players," said Michel Martelly to Barack Obama, "the source said at the National Palace.
Recently, a high-ranking official mission of the US State Department had stayed in Haiti. Thomas C Adams, responsible for the Haiti case to the State Department, spoke to the Voice of America. "We had an appointment with President Martelly, Prime Minister Paul Evans and Foreign Minister Duly Brutus was there. We had discussions about the elections. During these elections, as you know, all elective positions will be in play this year. They will be in three rounds; and in an administrative sense it will be quite complicated. We and other donors in Haiti, we will support the elections financially and expertise. MINUSTAH will also be there to provide the same type of support it had offered in recent years; but as MINUSTAH decreased in size, a little more effort will be required of the Haitian government side and we are in the process of planning for it, "said Thomas C. Adams.
This meeting comes at a time when the CEP follows the electoral calendar in a country that starts slowly in election mode, even if there are skeptics who remain convinced that the elections will not be held for several reasons. One of them is, as stated Senator Jean-Baptiste Bien-Aimé, the desire to establish a constituent to amend the Constitution.
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