Martelly met Clinton and Bellerive
Michel Martelly met privately with former President Bill Clinton present in Haiti as part of a two-day meeting of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC) and the Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive. The two co-president also met Kelly Bastien, president of the senate and senators Youri Latortue, Joseph Lambert and Evallière Beauplan. What was said at the meeting Martelly-Clinton-Bellerive has not been disclosed to the press.
Following this meeting Michel Martelly told the press "We talked about the transition and we saw how the IHRC and the new government can provide solutions to the problems of the population" adding "today, i see the things from a different point of view and now I can say to the CIRH here is the direction to be taken, here is what the Haitian people want and I await the results. If there are no results, we'll see what decision we will take.
Bill Clinton for his part expressed satisfaction with the meeting and declared "now that a new president comes to power and a new administration will start working, it is more important than ever that we continue with the collaboration that the President Préval has promoted".
During the second day of the IHRC, Jean-Max Bellerive argued that the Commission should continue beyond October because it is "a tool that can help the stability" of the country.
Recall that the two presidential candidates, Mirlande Manigat and Michel Martelly had February 15 attended an information session organized by the IHRC. At the meeting the Prime Minister Bellerive stressed to the candidates the need for reconstruction work to continue unimpeded during the coming political transition and beyond. The Prime Minister also outlined the function of the IHRC, its progress to date and its strategic plan, which will guide future efforts. While former President Bill Clinton stressed the importance of the next government to ensure the full participation and commitment of the international community to provide continued support.