(No. 125 - April 1, 2010 - 1:15 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, issued the following statement at the closing press conference of the International Donors’ Conference Towards a New Future for Haiti, on March 31, 2010:
“I am heartened by the enthusiasm, passion and commitment demonstrated by the international community here today. Haiti’s family and global support network has grown substantially.
“The seeds that we planted in Montreal—the Montreal Principles—less than three months ago are now beginning to emerge.
“We have come in solidarity. We have given generously, and now we expect results.
“As donors, we have set a high bar for our own coordination, and we have committed to being transparent and accountable.
“We have heard from the Haitians—from President [René] Préval, from Prime Minister [Jean-Max] Bellerive and from Haitian civil society that they accept the need for real change in their country to address long-standing impediments and inequalities that have limited the progress of their people and their nation.
“What is needed to move forward is not merely political stability, but a strong, unified, national political consensus.
“If this commitment can be achieved and maintained, if we can ensure ongoing focus on priorities and make sure that every dollar raised is spent wisely and effectively, then we will be able to make good on our commitment to the people of Haiti to work toward a better future for them and their children.
“While great progress has been made in building momentum for Haiti, today represents but one important step on the long road before us. It is now our duty to deliver.”
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