U.S. Says Donors Must See Themselves As `Partners Not Patrons`

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CaribWorldNews, MONTREAL, Canada, Tues. Jan. 26, 2010: U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, is insisting donors and supporters need to see themselves `as partners with Haiti – not patrons.`

Her comments came during meeetings regarding the January 12th Haiti earthquake hosted by the Government of Canada, in Montreal Monday.

`Today, we agreed on key principles that will guide our effort, including the leadership of the Government of Haiti and close cooperation among the international community,` she said. `It is clear that the Government of Haiti has, under the most difficult circumstances, provided leadership. And we intend to support the government so that this is truly a Haitian-led effort, one that responds to the aspirations and the needs of the Haitian people.`

Clinton insisted that as the situation moves from emergency assistance to long-term investment and reconstruction in Haiti, it`s imperative that a spirit of not only cooperation, but coordination be maintained.

She insisted that is important `that we work intensely together to produce results that can be seen and felt by the Haitians themselves.`

`Our goal is a peaceful and prosperous future for the people of Haiti. Many of us have a great commitment to Haiti that precedes the tragedy of the earthquake, and the Obama Administration was committed to working with Haiti, and we stand ready to continue to do all that we can to help realize this better future for the Haitians,` added the U.S. Secretary of State.

 

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