February 8th, 2010
12:21 PM ET

Bill Clinton returns to Haiti to oversee aid relief

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/09/27/clinton.conspiracy/art.bill.clinton.august.afp.gi.jpg caption="Former President Bill Clinton made his second trip to Haiti to aid earthquake recovery"]


Former U.S. President Bill Clinton - charged with overseeing the United Nations aid mission - made his second trip since the January 12 earthquake to Haiti, where he expressed confidence in the Haitian government's ability to help the country recover.

After meeting with government leaders, visiting a clinic and overseeing the delivery of supplies, Clinton said he was confident about the government of President Rene Preval. "The government has the best chance in my lifetime to slip the chains of the past," he said.

Clinton, whose mandate as U.N. special envoy to Haiti was extended this week to the rebuilding phase, said his responsibilities include ensuring the U.N. headquarters in New York is supporting efforts in Haiti; making sure donors honor their pledges; involving private investors and local Haitians in the rebuilding effort; mobilizing non-governmental organizations to help; and giving Haitian emigres in the United States, Canada and France the opportunity to participate.

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  1. Florence

    "involving private investors and local Haitians in the rebuilding effort;"

    I hope that means the all Haitians and not just the Elite with the
    businesses. The Haititan people MUST be educated and trained to work for their livelyhood. They MUST be involved in building the country's(i.e roadwork, sanitation, sewer system) infrastructure.

    February 8, 2010 at 2:32 pm |