By Peter Tase
Caribbean News Now contributor
NEW YORK, USA -- On March 25, Uruguay’s Foreign Minister Luis Almagro handed to the Haitian delegation at the United Nations the amount of $3,477,770 million, which represents the solidarity of each Uruguayan with the Haitian people.
Almagro visited New York to participate in a series of activities related to the question of the Falkland Islands, and on this occasion held a meeting with the representative of Haiti to the United Nations, Fritzner Gaspard.
Gaspard and Almagro discussed the current situation in Haiti, the efforts of rebuilding the country, the role of MINUSTAH and the significant challenges that lie ahead for Haiti to consolidate its path to stability, economic development and social justice and reform.
Gaspard expressed his utmost appreciation for the solidarity of the government and people of Uruguay towards Haiti, which comes at a crucial time of the recovery process of the country, as international cooperation in Haiti has experienced a substantial decline.
Uruguayan assistance is taking place four months after the Haitian government begun to rekindle its strategy of international cooperation in harmony with Port au Prince’s vital interests. Haiti’s new strategy has a better alignment with its great need on humanitarian, educational and social development projects.
The Haitian representative expressed his country’s appreciation for the government of Uruguay, which has participated, since its inception, in the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).
Almagro, on the same subject, highlighted the excellent and intense bilateral relationship between Uruguay and Haiti, stating that “without a doubt these relations will increase especially now, when Ambassador Raul Pollak has presented his official credentials in Port au Prince,” in addition to Uruguay’s role as the coordinator of the New York-Haiti Friendship group.
The foreign minister was also interested in the progress of the electoral process in Haiti -- partial legislative elections, municipal and local -- that are of great importance for the consolidation of democratic institutions in the country.